One of our national treasures is in flames…dry conditions, high winds and a still unknown ignition source have led to massive forest fire in Yosemite National Park in California. Rugged terrain compounds the problem leaving firefighters with few options but aerial techniques. Here is a timelapse video of the fire posted today. Lets hope we can get this one under control before too long.
Image provided by: Runbrave
Yosemite Fires Update
September 08, 2014
Meadow (37 42.738 x 119 30.541 – Mariposa Co., 7,870’, August 16) A fire, that may be a spot fire, from the Meadow lightning-caused fire, was discovered at approximately 12:30 PM, Sunday September 7. The fire is approximately 2,582 acres. It is burning within the Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) on both sides of the Merced River. All trails in the area are closed. Approximately 100 hikers and backpackers were evacuated from the fire area in LYV. The fire is burning in Yosemite Wilderness.Eighty-five hikers and climbers were also evacuated from the summit of Half Dome by helicopters from the California Highway Patrol, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and CAL FIRE.The South Central Sierra Interagency Management Team will begin management of the fire at 6 PM, September 8, 2014.
Smoke Impacts: Visitors, campers, employees are likely to have air quality smoke impacts overnight and early morning hours in Yosemite Valley. Key points:
As with any fire incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.
Map showing wilderness trail closures: