A fire that started early on the morning of Aug. 13 continues to burn in Yosemite National Park near the community of Wawona.
The South Fork Fire, which covers around 2,400 acres of land in the national park, was 7 percent contained as of 7:34 a.m. on Aug. 18, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s InciWeb website. Crews hope to have the fire fully contained by Sept. 3. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Yosemite Deputy Fire Chief and South Fork Fire Incident Commander Deron Mills told Wawona residents on Aug. 17 that the main concerns in containing the fire are protecting Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and preventing the fire crossing the South Fork of the Merced River and moving into the Sierra National Forest, according to a story by sierranewsonline.com. It is being allowed to burn freely in the north and east to remove dead vegetation and renew the forest.
NPS Law Enforcement Officer Chad Andrews told Wawona residents that while there was no imminent need for evacuation, they should be prepared and have their “medications and important documents by the door and ready to go,” sierranewsonline.com reported.
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One of the biggest concerns right now is the far-reaching smoke that the fire has created, particularly in Wawona. The InciWeb page recommends that residents who are sensitive to smoke stay inside. To monitor the air quality in the area, go to the National Parks Service’s Smoke Monitoring page.
Incident Type: Wildfire
Start Date: Aug. 13
Containment: 7 percent
Size: 2,407 acres
Total Personnel: 512
Fuels Involved: Timber and brush
Estimated Containment Date: Sept. 3
Information current as of Aug. 18, 2017 at 7:34 a.m. courtesy of InciWeb.