2015-10-08 / Front Page

Prescribed burns planned for Yosemite

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a series of prescribed fires in the park. The prescribed burns would start in mid-October however they are dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Shorter days and cooler temperatures provide fire managers optimal prescribed burning conditions.

The Taft Toe project is the first of the scheduled prescribed fires. The project is located along Southside Drive between El Capitan Bridge and the Sentinel Beach picnic area. The total prescribed burn area will include 111 acres and is expected to last two to three days.

The primary objective of this prescribed burn is to reduce the amount of excessive fuel build-up. A combination of fuel reduction techniques, such as mechanical thinning, will occur prior to the scheduled prescribed burn. Fire is a natural part of the Sierra Nevada ecosystem and reducing fuel build-up helps ensure the longevity of mature trees and saplings. 

A smoke monitor will be placed in nearby communities to monitor smoke.

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