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2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Fri May 16, 2014 6:48 pm

Hopefully this thread will not get a lot of usage! Please report any existing wildfire
& smoke that is effecting the Sierra. Also report whether these conditions affected
your trip in any way.
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Hunters Fire Incident Information 5/27/2014

Postby rlown » Tue May 27, 2014 11:02 am

Well. Now we start. Fire season is upon us.

http://www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?nid=215 Blow by blow updates.

and the news report. http://www.kcra.com/news/hunters-fire-b ... e/26178730

hopefully, we don't end up smoked out this year, but we probably will, given the conditions.
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby oldranger » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:34 pm

Noted a little smoke over the Ritter Range on Memorial Day while camped at Garnet Lake. No smoke the following days.

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby dapperdave » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:57 am

6/2 Smoke spotted from Franklin Pass - looked to be in the Cliff creek drainage, wasn't visible the next day on the way down to MK
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Shirley Fire Sequoia NF

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:41 pm

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3895/
2,646 acres 75% contained, but winds of 45 mph expected today.
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby oldranger » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:14 pm

Red flag warning for eastern Sierra with lightening and winds to 60 mph. Hope markskor and I don't get washed or blown away!

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Nicolls Fire 7/11

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:02 pm

New fire, again in the Lake Isabella area, named the Nicolls Fire.
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3944/
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El Portal Fire 7/27

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:17 am

While driving home yesterday from the HST Meetup witnessed the effects of
the fire that is effecting the entire Yosemite area.
Medium heavy smoke in the Tuolumne Meadows area, and getting progressively
worse driving westward. Views accross Tenaya were difficult, and from Olmstead
Point you could barely make out Clouds Rest, forget Half Dome.
If your planning a trip this coming week to Yosemite, and possibly surrounding
areas, would highly consider postponing your trip, you will have very bad visibility,
and will be smelling smoke all day. Get updates before departing, there will be
thunderstorm activity for the next few days which could start even more fires.
Big Oak Flat Road to the Valley is closed, as are several campgrounds
http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm
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El Portal Fire

Postby balzaccom » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:28 am

Here's a photo from Leopold Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness on Saturday afternoon. This scene reminded us so much of the Rim Fire last year.

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Hope they get this under control soon....

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Re: El Portal Fire

Postby iHartMK » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:36 am

Thats about the same view we had from Margaret Lakes on Saturday afternoon. Not good!
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El Portal Fire

Postby balzaccom » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:53 am

Here's a photo from Leopold Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness on Saturday afternoon. This scene reminded us so much of the Rim Fire last year.

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Hope they get this under control soon....

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Re: El Portal Fire

Postby sheperd80 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:07 pm

Wow, great photo.

This fire almost prevented my first Half Dome trip yesterday. Family coming from the bay area had to divert to 140 causing a very late start. The smoke looked ominous on the way in but wasnt too bad at the trail. It obscured the views from Half Dome but wasnt enough to ruin it.


From Wawona Rd
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From the Dome
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