Yosemite Wildfire Status


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Jeffrey Gereige · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

Does anyone know what's the status of the wildfire? Which areas is it in, what progress (if any has been made) in stopping it?

Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75

I assume you're talking about the Detwiler fire? Or has another one started in the park? 

http://www.calfire.ca.gov/general/firemaps

Jim Fox · · Westminster, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 40
Jeffrey Gereige · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

do you know if it's affecting visitors/climbers in the park?

Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75

Call the ranger station at the park. That's why they're there. I'm sure it's smokey, we've been socked in with smoke the past couple days in Tahoe/Reno. Might not be as bad on in the park due to prevailing winds from the SW. 

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

1. You'll have to find an alternate route to 140, depending on your approach vector. "Highway 140 closed west of Mariposa due to a fire"

2. Looks to be very smoky and unpleasant - and it's always relatively unpleasant in the valley in late July. From https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

"Expect smoky conditions in Yosemite

Expect smoky conditions in YosemiteThe Detwiler fire is burning near Mariposa, west (and outside) of Yosemite National Park. Expect poor air quality and limited visibility. Reduce unnecessary activity, avoid strenuous exercise outdoors, and remain indoors when possible."

3. The Turtleback webcam:

https://www.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/yosecam/yosecam.cfm


Nate Doyle · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 10
Nate Doyle · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 10

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

July 20th, 2017 4:40 PM - Yosemite Falls

Patrick Michel · · Groveland, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 25

It is very smokey in and around the park. 

SinRopa · · parts unknown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 50

Tuolumne wasn't smokey at all today

Lou Cerutti · · Carlsbad, California · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 214
  • What campgrounds are open in tuolumne?
FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275
Lou Cerutti wrote:
  • What campgrounds are open in tuolumne?

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Nate Doyle · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 10

More webcams: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Note: Tuolumne Meadows in from Sep 2016.

Jeremy Justus · · Steamboat Springs, CO · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0

Did cathedral yesterday and there was some smoke sitting low but not as bad as the valley. Views were bad in the valley but it didn't feel bad in my lungs but I dunno how bad it would have to be for that. 140 is closed but I still went to car camp just outside the entrance in el portal, it smelt like a campfire and I was getting something like a drizzle of ash all night.

Jake wander · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 165

how long do these wildfires typically impact yosemite? is this something that will likely be long gone in a few weeks or is it common that they last for a season?

Colton · · Folsom, CA · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 20
Jake wander wrote:

how long do these wildfires typically impact yosemite? is this something that will likely be long gone in a few weeks or is it common that they last for a season?

You will probably will see smoke subside within the next week or so as crews get a handle on the fire. If there are road closures, they will be lifted as soon as safety permits. 

The fire isn't in the park.

Ed Henicle · · Santa Rosa, CA · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 1,275
Lou Cerutti wrote:
  • What campgrounds are open in tuolumne?

Tuolumne Meadows campground is scheduled to open Aug 1. Until then, the best camping is outside the park east of Tioga pass. Here is a map that shows all the campsites.  Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake, and Junction are usually full, but things open up as you drive down the hill. Warren Fork is at the 9000 ft elevation sign. See you up there!

Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75
Jake wander wrote:

how long do these wildfires typically impact yosemite? is this something that will likely be long gone in a few weeks or is it common that they last for a season?

Depends on wind direction, wind velocity, relative humidity, ability for crews to create fire breaks in varied terrain to prevent spread, etc. I.E. somewhat unpredictable. The 2013 Rim Fire burned for 2 months. 

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Jake wander wrote:

how long do these wildfires typically impact yosemite? is this something that will likely be long gone in a few weeks or is it common that they last for a season?

The Brianhead fire in UT started on Jun 17. It's similar in size to the fire west of the Valley. It was considered fully contained a few days ago, but parts are still burning.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Ed Henicle wrote:

 Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake, and Junction are usually full, but things open up as you drive down the hill. 

Tioga and Ellery lake CGs can be viciously windy. At that elevation it can mean chilly dinners and cold nights.

Lou Cerutti · · Carlsbad, California · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 214

Still off topic here but Saddlebag Lake CG is still completely under snow. It's beautiful up there right now.

smoke hasn't been bad the last few days. It seems to settle into view in the evenings 

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