2012-06-14 / Front Page

Park prescribes first burn of the season

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire in the north western portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Tuesday, June 19.

The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 220 acres and be split into two units. The prescribed area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the project.

This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2012 fire season. It is estimated that the burn will take approximately three days to complete. Smoke from the burn may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in the northern portion of the Park.

The accompanying photo shows a 55-acre prescribed burn near Foresta in June of 2009.

Photo credit: NPS.

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