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Burns planned in Yosemite

Postby copeg » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:43 pm

From Stockton Record
Burns planned in Yosemite
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Yosemite National Park staff in the coming weeks hope to create several fires in Yosemite Valley.

A burn is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, weather permitting, east of the El Capitan picnic area. If all goes well, crews will conduct another burn the following week east of Bridalveil Meadow.

In all, the two burns measure about 79 acres. Both areas have been burned in the past as part of the park's efforts to maintain the health of the valley's vegetation.

Fire, both set by lightning and human started, has for centuries been a part of the valley's ecosystem, periodically cleaning out underbrush and maintaining the park-like setting beloved by park visitors. Fire helps recycle nutrients to the soil, which aids the sprouting and regrowth of plants, shrubs and trees.

Park staffers will monitor the smoke but warn visitors that smoky conditions are likely through the project and may linger for several days once each burn is completed. Smoke is likely along Northside Drive and in the Yosemite Lodge area.

For more information: (209) 372-0480 or http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/2008fire.htm.

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