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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Herm » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:15 pm

Thanks Mark, sounds great. I really appreciate the reply. Hopefully, conditions will continue in their current near ideal state.

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Herm » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:18 pm

I just returned home this evening from a trip over Duck Pass. On the drive out of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, it became evident that something bad was going on in the vicinity of Yosemite. A huge plume of smoke rose behind Mounts Ritter and Banner, with the smoke being blown north and east by strong winds. Otherwise, during my trip Thursday through Sunday, there weren't any such issues. Hope this fire can be quickly corralled.

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Shawn » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:24 pm

Noticed that fire today on the Yosemite webcam. NPS says "The Meadow Fire is burning in the greater Little Yosemite Valley area and is at 400 acres."
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Meadow Fire 9/7/14

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:52 am

100 hikers evacuated, Half Dome and LVL closed. Fire at 2,582 acres.
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http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:25 pm

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:39 am

Wow, you evev cannot see El Captain on the "El Capatain" webcam, and only Half Dome
on the "High Sierra" webcam from the dense smoke:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby markskor » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:14 am

As requested by Mav -
Mammoth Lakes Tuesday morning 10:00 AM.
This morning awoke to no wind. This probably explains the totally blue skies and no trace of smoke to be seen anywhere over the Crest.
Highs in the mid 70's - lows in the 30's...Maybe the smoke effects Yosemite visibility that far westward but no evidence of any fires/smoke to be seen around the lakes here east side.

Off fishing today and will report any change later if I see anything around the Minarets.
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Meadow Fire 9/9

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:16 pm

Thanks Mark.

Fire is at 4434 acres, grew 1834 acres since 9/8.

Yosemite NPS:
Features and facilities that are closed include, but are not limited to:

-Little Yosemite Valley
-The John Muir Trail between Little Yosemite Valley and Long Meadow.
-All routes on Half Dome including the Cables, NW Regular Route, and Snake Dike.
-Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers' camps.
-The Sunrise Trail south of the Tenaya Lake Trail junction.
-Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, Emeric Lake, and Babcock Lake.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/Meadow-Fi ... osures.htm
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Re: Meadow Fire 9/9

Postby mtnsteiger » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:34 am

maverick wrote:Fire is at 4434 acres, grew 1834 acres since 9/8.


According to YubaNet the big jump in acreage from 9/8 to 9/9 was mainly due to helicopter use:
"Fire increase in size is a result of helicopter access to GPS fire."

Also interesting/frightening:
"Bears continue to be a major issue with crew safety in spike camp and on the line. Extensive measures are being taken not to attract bears to food and supplies."
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Re: Meadow Fire 9/9

Postby seanr » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:54 am

maverick wrote:Thanks Mark.

Fire is at 4434 acres, grew 1834 acres since 9/8.

Yosemite NPS:
Features and facilities that are closed include, but are not limited to:

-Little Yosemite Valley
-The John Muir Trail between Little Yosemite Valley and Long Meadow.
-All routes on Half Dome including the Cables, NW Regular Route, and Snake Dike.
-Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers' camps.
-The Sunrise Trail south of the Tenaya Lake Trail junction.
-Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, Emeric Lake, and Babcock Lake.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/Meadow-Fi ... osures.htm


I witnessed the flare up and large plume from the west slope of Ritter and from atop Ritter on Sunday. That day, smoke blew northeast and left me with clean air and expansive views. I may post some images in a Ritter area thread later. Monday, I came over Tioga Pass and stopped by Happy Isles before heading west out of the park to home via Merced. I saw closure signs at the trailheads entering the areas listed above. Most of the fire crews seemed to have parked near Happy Isles. Smoke was not much of an issue in the developed areas I drove through and stopped at on Monday. There was significant rainfall in the high country near Tioga Pass. Obviously smoke conditions will change with the winds. I'm not sure if anyone has posted something like this map before (click the fire box and scroll to the area you are interested in to see where the smoke is):

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Herm » Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:57 am

Is it known whether or not this fire was caused by an illegal campfire? I have looked through the bulletin posted by the NPS (link provided by Maverick), but the bulletin does not address the issue.

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby chulavista » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:49 pm

Herm wrote:Is it known whether or not this fire was caused by an illegal campfire? I have looked through the bulletin posted by the NPS (link provided by Maverick), but the bulletin does not address the issue.

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http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/Yosemite- ... ate-19.htm

"A fire, that may be a spot fire, from the Meadow lightning-caused fire, was discovered at approximately 12:30 PM, Sunday September 7. The fire is approximately 2,582 acres. It is burning within the Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) on both sides of the Merced River."

I don't think they know for sure yet. It will be interesting to see if the structures in Little Yosemite Valley make it.
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