It was a late start…but now the flames and beginning. Here is the latest report from Yosemite. GPS coordinates are given in case you were planning to visit and are not familiar with the formal names.
Two new fires are now being tracked:
Quartzite (37 43.871 x 119 25.200 – Mariposa Co., 8387′ el., 7/27). This fire was found by Helicopter 551 during a Search and Rescue flight. It is approximately 0.5 miles south of Merced Lake, mid-slope and on a north aspect. It is smoldering in mountain hemlock, western white pine and lodgepole pine. This fire is to be monitored.
Middle (37 46.242 x 119 25.198 – Mariposa Co., 8300′ el., 7.18). This is a lighting hold over found by Point Reyes Engine 1160. It is west of White Wolf and south of the Middle Fork of Tuolumne River. It may be visible from Tioga Road.
Fork (37 46.242 x 119 25.198 – Mariposa Co., 8300′ el., 7/18). This is a lightning caused fire, and was reported by a hiker. It is a single tree, located on the east side of Cathedral Creek and north of the junction with Echo Creek.
Creek (37 49.604 x 119 35.131- Mariposa Co., 8000′ el., 7/22). This recent fire is near Yosemite Creek and the Tioga Road. It is a single tree strike and has low to moderate potential for growth.
Indian Canyon (37 47.532 x 119 35.148 – Mariposa Co. at 7200′ el., 7/ 3). This fire is between the Tioga Rd and the Yosemite Valley. It continues to slowly creep through ground pine and fir needles, and smolder in logs. Smoke has been light, and often visible from multiple locations within Yosemite. It is an area of few recent fires.
Dark (37 50.575 x 119 37.153 – Mariposa Co., 8200′ el., 7/ 9). This lightning caused fire is along the Yosemite Creek Campground Road and is periodically visible from the road. Two red fir trees were struck and the surface fuels were ignited. It is at 0.32 acre, and continues to creep and smolder through duff and fur needles.
Horse (37 37.3 x 119 34.1 – Mariposa Co., 8500′ el., 7/9). This high elevation fire is one single tree struck and smoking and is east of Ostrander Lake. It is 0 .1ac, is surrounded by granite and has low potential for growth.
Clark (37 41.0 x 119 29.6 – Mariposa Co., 7500′ el., 7/9). This is west of Clark Peak. A single tree was seen smoking and it is at 0.1 ac., with low growth potential.
McGurk (37 40.969 x 119 37.232 – Mariposa Co. at 7800′ el., 7/2). This fire is within the McGurk Meadow, near a trail to Dewey Point from Glacier Point Road. It is at 0.2ac and has low potential for spread.
White Cascade (37 54.926 x 119 23.780 – Tuolumne Co, at 9000′ el., 7/3). This is a remote fire near Glen Aulin High Sierra camp, east of Conness Creek, and west of Tuolumne Meadows, and is at 0.50ac. It poses no threat to trails and has a low spread potential. Smoke may be visible from trails in the area.
Fires declared out: Polly 7/23; Morrison 7/23; Porcupine 7/23; and Blue Jay 7/21.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Midnight lightning, flashing all around me. Lord, see it flashin’ all around the trees. See it flashin’ on my love and me. Wake up my sweet arlin’ and see the light upon your eyes.” – Jimi Hendrix