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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Joseph » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:33 am

I added the current hot spot data to the online map link that I posted earlier. This likely shows the areas where the fire is trying to expand.

See the "About" link in the upper left corner of the map for more information.

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/fires/2 ... e_map.html

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby no2haven » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:23 am

Drove around the fire via Sonora poss yesterday on my way back from Bishop...the smoke started around Bridgeport and got much thicker around the 108/395 intersection. Super smokey at Leavitt meadows and on up the pass...you could barely make out the mountains around you. Thickest smoke was on the west side of the pass: absolutely no visibility up the canyon from Kennedy meadows. The sunshine was deep red from being filtered through the smoke...beautiful, but also ominous. Things cleared up to a light haze around Strawberry.

Dozens and dozens of engines and firefighters all along 108 in the little towns leading down to the valley. Seemed like they were prepping for a big push from that side of the fire. Best of luck to them all.

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Buford » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:31 am

I just got back from Deadman canyon. August 22-25 Twin lakes->Silliman Pass->Sugar Loaf->Deadman Canyon->Elizabeth Pass->High Sierra trail to Crescent Meadow.

No smoke anywhere to be seen when I was out. Ran into some rangers on patrol and they were worried about smoke, asking where I had been and if there was smoke. They seemed surprised when I said there was no smoke in the areas. The High Sierra Trail was closed around Chagoopa due to fire while I was out.
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Tollermom » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:40 am

I was at Virginia Lakes Trailhead going to Summit Pass yesterday. Crystal clear blue skies!
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Chagoopa Fire in Sequoia NP

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:40 am

SEKI Advisory:

ADVISORIES: The switchback section of the High Sierra Trail on the Chagoopa Plateau
has been been crossed by the Chagoopa Fire. The Chagoopa Fire is approximately 15
acres in size as of 8/25. Hikers should plan to be escorted through the fire area. These
escorts will likely be in the morning or when fire behavior allows. Hikers should plan
on being delayed for several hours.

The Fish Fire, located on the Sequoia National Forest south of the parks, has grown to approximately 1,000 acres. Smoke from this fire is drifting into Sequoia National park,
especially along the Kern River drainage. Hikers planning on traveling in this area
should be aware that conditions may be extremely smokey and should consider
changing their route. Visit http://inciweb.nwct.gov/incident/3701 for more
information about this fire.
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Jimr » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:02 pm

All of these fires got me wondering where Rogue was. From his original itinerary, it seems he's probably somewhere around Dusy Basin.
What?!
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby rlown » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:30 pm

Yose has a closure map due to Rim: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... 082613.pdf

Mostly obvious other than out of the Glen.

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:01 pm

Rim Fire is now the largest ever in the Sierra Nevada, and still only 20% contained:
http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/Yose ... 31671.html

Photo from Crane Flat towards Rim Fire: http://rockyags.cr.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/cam ... Frame=true
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby tim » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:29 pm

Latest Rim Fire perimeter shows its got all the way to Hetch Hetchy and is closing on the Tioga Rd in the vicinity of White Wolf: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/
NPS are planning to close the Tioga Rd at noon Wednesday: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/rimfire.htm
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Windy Peak Fire in Kings Canyon NP

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:46 pm

Smaller fire named Windy Peak Fire in Kings Canyon, north of Simpson Meadow
400 acres, and 20% contained. :(
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3705/
More thunderstorms predicted for today and tomorrow.
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby no2haven » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:52 pm

Just saw this as well; should probably get its own topic on the front page. With the 108 corridor getting evacuation advisories, people crossing the Sierra for Labor Day trips should be prepared for both trans-Sierra roads to potentially be closed when they try to come home.



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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby kpeter » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:18 pm

From the backpacker's perspective on NW Yosemite:

The good news is that the after jumping 2/3 of the way from Lake Eleanor toward Kibbie Lake and taking out much of that trail, the fire seems to have settled in on the ridge south of Kibbie and has not gotten much closer for two days.

The bad news is that the fire is steadily spreading east and has gone well up Frog Creek and taken out the trails south of Laurel Lake. It could be on the way to Laurel and Beehive, and almost certainly will cut the trail from Hetch Hetchy to Beehive if it has not done so already. Worst case if this keeps going it could wind up going through Laurel and Beehive up Morraine Ridge and Frog Creek, but will eventually hit granite.

Perhaps worse yet is that the fire perimeter shows that most of the south shore of Hetchy Hetchy is burned, including the backpacking campground. It is burning along the Cottonwood Creek trail and headed in the direction of Harden Lake. White Wolf would be next, but that is still a ways off. There are plenty of trees east of White Wolf too. In short, there are many, many miles of forest to burn before there are logical stopping places if the fire keeps going east from the south shore of Hetch Hetchy.
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