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El Portal Fire / French Fire Updates 8/1

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:07 pm

El Portal Fire is at 4,198 acres and 58% contained, up 298 acres. There are concerns
that the fire may continue on to the Merced Sequoia Grove.

French Fire is at 8,207 and 15% contained, up 1003 acres. Monsoonal flow is creating
hot conditions and chances for lightening in the area. This fire is going to impact
many areas in the Sierra, and may grow much, much bigger because of the terrain.
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby riverwalker » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:12 pm

We just returned from a three day walk in the Little Lakes Valley area this evening. Smoke would get fairly thick in early morning and late afternoon. You could certainly smell it and my eyes are fairly irritated from the last few days. Luckily it wasn't all day.
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El Portal & French Fire 8/3

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:57 am

French Fire is at 12,827 acres, and 20% contained, 4620 acre increase from Friday. :(

El Portal Fire is at 4,689 acres, and 89% contained, a 491 acres increase since Friday.
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Re: Crane Flat rd open again but French Fire smoke all over

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:35 pm

Just returned from SE Yosemite/Rush Creek to Parker Pass area. Sometime after Thurs (July 30) but before Sat (Aug 2) they reopened Crane Flat Rd after the El Portal fire was sufficiently corralled. As of July 30 Crane Flat road was still closed and the Groveland to Tuolumne part of the drive was choked with smoke, some of it from a small controlled burn to the east, too. While in the backcountry Dana Mdws to Lost Lakes (Rush Creek drainage) to Alger Lakes to Koip-Parker Passes and back to Dana Mdws from July 31 to August 2 the smoke became worse, I presume from the increase in size of the French Fire. When I drove out on Saturday eve (8/2 starting at 530 pm from Danda Mdws) western Yosemite (W of the controlled burn) was nearly smoke free, so I wondered where the smoke in the high country came from until picking up the paper on my return and reading about the French Fire.
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby mauhler31 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:36 am

I've been in Mammoth since Saturday. When I drove in Saturday, the smoke was very bad. But Sunday, a storm started coming in and it was relatively smoke free, except in the valley near Devil's Postpile starting around 1:30. Back in town, it was smoke free for the rest of the day. It seems like this storm is keeping the smoke away.
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Copper Creek Trail Closed

Postby BigMan » Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:37 am

I bailed on Bear Lakes due to the French Fire.

I went to SEKI instead. On my way out yesterday, I hiked right into a fire. :confused:

Copper Creek Trail is closed due to a small fire near Lower Tent Meadow. (I was escorted out).
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French Fire

Postby BigMan » Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:48 am

From the Monarch Divide, smoke slightly obscured the afternoon views north towards the Black Divide and Palisades, although part of that may also be due to the monsoonal moisture. The air quality on the Monarch Divide was fairly good.
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Lower Tent Meadow Fire 8/2

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:21 pm

I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Other Fires in SEKI

Postby BigMan » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:25 am

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French Fire

Postby markskor » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:28 am

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