Yosemite Fire Policy

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Yosemite Fire Policy

Post by balzaccom » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:11 pm

Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice.

By order of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13(c):
•You may not build, maintain, attend to or use a campfire or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite National Park, except in designated areas below 6,000 feet in elevation. Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane are permitted, as are alcohol stoves (with and without a shutoff valve) including alcohol tablet/cube stoves. “Sierra” (twig) stoves are not permitted.
•No smoking below 6,000 feet, except within an enclosed vehicle, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed or in a designated smoking area. All public buildings, public areas of concession buildings (including restrooms), other areas as posted and within 25 feet of any non-single family residential building remain closed to smoking at all times.
•Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds, picnic areas and residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations. Designated Campgrounds and Picnic Areas: Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Yellow Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, Tuolumne Meadows, Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swinging Bridge, Church Bowl, and Lower Yosemite Falls.
There are no administrative exemptions to this order. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger. Cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is greatly appreciated.


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Re: Yosemite Fire Policy

Post by rlown » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:21 pm

Nice move. With Deer season upon us, it would behoove the powers that be to enforce it outside the parks as well, esp to the West.

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Re: Yosemite Fire Policy

Post by justm » Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:50 pm

Yes, with all the dead trees up there, it's a powder keg.

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Re: Yosemite Fire Policy

Post by snowblind » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:35 am

Interestingly, I picked up a permit at Big Oak Flat on Friday (7/15) and the ranger said fires were okay below 9.6k. She didn't know about the fire restrictions. Sadly, I am not entirely surprised as the rangers are not always the most informed.

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Re: Yosemite Fire Policy

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:02 pm

THere isn't much of the park below 6000 feet, and those have ALWAYS been the restrictions, every year.

What's frustrating is that they NEVER ban the fires between 6000 and 9600 feet, regardless of complete bans everywhere outside the parks. No matter how dry it gets.

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