Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday August 17th, 2015
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Areas of smoke. Highs 87 to 97 at 5000 feet... 71 to 81 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Areas of smoke. Lows 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Areas of smoke. Highs 89 to 99 at 5000 feet... 72 to 82 at 8000 feet.
Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa
NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
August 17 Fire Update
The periods of smoky conditions we are experiencing are from regional fires outside the park. The Rough Fire (south of the park) has now consumed approximately 16,390 acres. The Walker Fire, to the east of Yosemite, has burned 2,200 acres. It was announced this morning (8/17/15) that there will again be periodical 1 way convoys escorting cars from the Tioga Pass area to highway 395. The convoys will be contingent on fire behavior throughout the day.
Fires within Yosemite (Dark, Middle, Cathedral) are all being monitored by fire crews. They have shown very little growth over the weekend. Occasional smoke may be visible from these fires, especially along the Tioga Pass Road. (J. Wuchner)
Hoist Training Tuesday and Wednesday
The Yosemite Helicopter Rescue Team will be conducting annual high angle hoist training in El Capitan Meadow on Tuesday August, 18th and Wednesday, August 19th. Traffic control will be in place on El Cap straight, and the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral will be closed to climbing for the duration of the training. (L. Hendy)