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#yosemite, Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project Update 7/28/14

Lots more work areas with multiple stops. Estimate at least a 2.5 hour drive now from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows, 1.5 hour was normal before construction. Also allow for a delay at Tioga Pass for trenching outside the gate, Mon thur Fri 7 to 6

Update No. 3 - Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Day Time Delays 30-Minutes) Starting yesterday, Tuesday July 22nd crews will begin working days from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM and no night work. There will be multiple work zones with crews working Monday thru Friday with up to 30-minute delays and single lane traffic control. So please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits. No delays are scheduled for the weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday night).

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 96. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 97. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph

El Portal
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 98. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 99. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 98. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning

#yosemite, El Portal Fire Update, 10:00 a.m., July 28, 2014

El Portal Fire Update, 10:00 a.m., July 28, 2014
Dear Yosemite, below is our mid morning update on the developments of the El Portal Fire. We plan to do two updates daily:
 
- Team 5, a Type 1 Incident Management Team from Southern California, assumed command at 6:00 p.m. yesterday evening. 
- The fire is 5% contained.  During initial attack mode, fire crews focused on protecting life and property. Great progress has been made on protecting those values and we look forward to seeing the containment percentage grow today.
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El Portal Fire Update, 10:00 a.m., July 28, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, July 28, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, July 28, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 98.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 98. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 98.

El Portal
Today: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 98. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 98.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 98.

Wawona
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 98. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 98. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 99.

#yosemite daily photo, The Dark Hole Fire is really growing!! 7.26.14

The large thunder and lightning storm that rolled through Yosemite on 7/15/14 started several lightning fires. Luckily it was accompanied by heavy rain and the 2 lightning strikes by El Portal were quickly put out. 

Several other lightning fires in Yosemite are in "Let Burn Areas" so they are allowed to burn naturally.  These photos show the Dark Hole Fire, by Yosemite Creek on the Tioga Rd Hwy 120, on Saturday morning and with the absence of more rain it has grown quite radially. Also in the photos notice the other tree on fire circled in red way down ion the creek.

Seeing how this is the the driest summer on record after 3 of the driest winters on record in the middle of the hottest summer on record one would hope that they put this out. It would be nice to have the resources they have working on this fire staged and ready to protect homes from some other fire. This could have easily been put out when it first started as it was just a small area burning in wet woods after the initial lightning strike. Now it is hot and dry and this wil really grow.

In the past the A-Rock Fire, the Star King Fire, the Grouse Creek fire and a couple others started out as small lightning strike fires allowed to grow and turned into infernos which took a lot of resources to finally put out.

The Dark Hole Fire is really growing!! 7.26.14
The Dark Hole Fire is really growing!! 7.26.14
The Dark Hole Fire is really growing!! 7.26.14
The Dark Hole Fire is really growing!! 7.26.14

Yosemite July Lightning Fire Update #1 - July 24, 2014

Yosemite July Lightning Fire Update #1 - July 24, 2014

Since July 14, Yosemite National Park has experienced over 3,000 lightning strikes with more than 21 fire starts. Multiple thunderstorms, accompanied by rain, have put out or temporarily slowed activity and growth. Most fires are between 8000’ and 9000’ elevation. They are small, creeping and smoldering surface fires or single logs less than 1/10 of an acre and are showing minimal activity. Of 1,004 fires above 8,000’ since 1930, 941 never got to be 10 acres. Most of these fires have few values at risk an pose little threat to people or park infrastructure. As the weather warms and fuels dry out it is likely other fires will be found. All fires are being monitored by fire crews.

Fires Managed for Multiple Objectives: Yosemite fire management is developing strategies for these fires and depending on risk assessment; most of these current fires will be naturally extinguished. Fire crews will utilize natural barriers of granite, streams or open ground to manage fires. The Fire Management Plan allows the park to manage any fire outside of the suppression unit.

Dark Hole: (37 48.323 x 119 36.786, Mariposa Co. 7400’, July 16.) This fire has grown to approximately 11 acres. It is within a red fir forest and it is the largest and most active of all the park-wide fires. It is located near the Yosemite Creek trail about a mile south of the Yosemite Creek campground. It is in an area of past lightning fires, although the immediate area has no fire history. Smoke is visible from Tioga Road east of Yosemite Creek, and from Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. Hazards may include smoky conditions and poor visibility, rolling rocks and logs. There is one trail closure: The Lukens trail to Yosemite Creek trail is closed between Tioga Road and Yosemite Creek Campground Road and Trail. The Yosemite Creek Tail remains open. To avoid smoke and other hazards, hikers are urged to pass through the area quickly.

Lukens: (37 51.514 x 119 37.080, Tuolumne Co., 8310’, July 15) A single log is burning within a red fir forest near Lukens Lake.

Morrison (37 53.117x119 37.153 - Tuolumne Co., 8740’ July 15) This is a surface fire smoldering and creeping through forest needle litter in a red fir forest.

Starr King (37 43.215x119 28.108 Mariposa Co., 8730’, July 16) This is on the east side of Mount Starr King. It is creeping and smoldering through red fir. It is periodically visible from Washburn Point.

Cathedral (37 51.843x119 23.720 – Tuolumne Co. 9140’, July 16) This high elevation fire is smoldering in a single log. It is west of Cathedral Peak.

Lembert (37 53.159x119 19.059 – Tuolumne Co. 9250’, July 16) This smoldering and creeping surface fire is east of Lembert Dome in a lodgepole pine forest. It is has not been active, is not visible and may be out.

Moraine (37 37.195x119 25.126 – Madera Co. 9480’, July 14) This high elevation fire in red fir is not showing any activity.

Coyote (37 48.53 x 119 32.26 - Mariposa Co. 9000’ Start July 19). This was a single snag in granite. It has low potential to grow.

Wolf (37 51.644 x 119 38.684 – Tuolumne Co. 8200’ July 17) This is a surface fire showing little fire activity in red fir & lodgepole pine.

Rancheria (59.014 x 119 335.625 - Tuolumne Co. 8200’July 19) This remote fire, north of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, remains active and is .25 acre in size. It is within a Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine forest. It has moderate to high potential for growth and is within the 1948 Rancheria Fire footprint.

Wapama (37 58.134 x 119 44.983 – Tuolumne Co. 5530’ July 19) This fire is at the top of Wapama Falls on the north Rim of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It is active and at .25 acre in Jeffrey pine and live oak.

Royal (37 39.232 x 119 30.452 – Madera Co. 9000’, July 20) A single tree was struck by lightning and the smoldering fire is surrounded by granite. It is south of Glacier Point.

Red (37 39.71 x 119 26.67 – Madera Co. 8030’, July 20) A single tree was struck and it has low potential for growth. This fire is near Red Peak within the Illilouette basin, south of Glacier Point.

McGurk (37 41.589 x 119 36.884 – Mariposa Co. 7020’, July 20) The top of a White Fir tree was struck by lightning. The strike tree is at the top of Bridalveil Falls on the south rim of Yosemite Valley. The smoldering fire is not showing fire activity.

Falls (37 59.358 X 119 45.022 – Tuolumne Co. 6160’, July 20) This fire is near the north rim of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It remains active.

Gibson (37 59.466 X 119 44.440 – Tuolumne Co. 6450, July 20) This fire is between Falls Creek and Mt. Gibson on the north rim of Hetch Hetchy and surrounded by granite. It remains active in black oak & Sierra juniper.

Lookout (37 38.98 x 119 28.734 – Tuolumne Co. 5,200’ July 20) This fire is near the North Mountain fire lookout. This fire is within the Rim Fire footprint in a ponderosa pine forest. This fire is showing little activity.

Lightning Fires Identified for Suppression: These fires either at high elevation or threatened communities. These fires will continue to be patrolled by fire crews:

Woodlot (37 40.527x119 47.835 – Mariposa Co., 2050’ July 20.) This fire had high potential to grow and threatened the community of El Portal. Quick initial actions by fire crews kept this fire to less than 4 acres. Fire crews will continue to patrol the area.

Buck (37 32.914 x 119 29.982 – Madera Co. 7920’ July 20) A single tree was struck near the southern park boundary at the upper end of the South Fork Merced River. It was in a red fir forest. This fire was put out by Yosemite Helitack crews.

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, July 25, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, July 25, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 98.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 98.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 99.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 99.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 70.
Saturday: Hot, with a high near 100.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high of 99.
Wawona
Today: Hot, with a high near 100.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Saturday: Hot, with a high near 100.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 99.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday: 20% chance of thunderstorms after 11:00 AM, partly sunny, with a high near 74.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Yosemite July Lightning Fire Update #1 - July 24, 2014

Since July 14, Yosemite National Park has experienced over 3,000 lightning strikes with more than 21 fire starts. Multiple thunderstorms, accompanied by rain, have put out or temporarily slowed activity and growth. Most fires are between 8000’ and 9000’ elevation. They are small, creeping and smoldering surface fires or single logs less than 1/10 of an acre and are showing minimal activity. Of 1,004 fires above 8,000’ since 1930, 941 never got to be 10 acres. Most of these fires have few values at risk an pose little threat to people or park infrastructure. As the weather warms and fuels dry out it is likely other fires will be found. All fires are being monitored by fire crews.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, July 24, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 96. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 98. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 99. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 69. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 95. Light south southwest wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 99. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 93. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 57. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 97. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 98. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 67. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 97. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 99. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 56. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 96. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: Sunny, with a high near 70. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 97.

El Portal
Today: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 65.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 97.

Wawona
Today: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 96.

Tuolumne Meadows
Today: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 70.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

LYV Campground Hazard Trees
A hazard tree survey performed on June 10th this year identified over 25 dead trees affecting the campground in LYV. July 21 - 24 NPS Forestry personnel will be felling these trees in the campground and near the Ranger station. Protection staff in LYV will coordinating relocation of campers to designated areas a safe distance from the work area. Visitors planning a trip during this time should be informed that this work is taking place. Noise from power saws and trees felling will disrupt the serenity of the area during the work shift beginning Tuesday morning through Wednesday. (L. Castro)
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