Yosemite Fire Report | Flames are going with little water to attack

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.

Other Fires:
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.

Carpe Diem!
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

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The wedding photo on Half Dome – Continuation – It’s real.

wedding on Half Dome

“The photo”

I’ve been told by enuff folks that either saw the wedding or Brian Rueb, who actually took the photo that it is the real deal. If you need some good shots of your classic car or puppy, or even another wedding on top of Half Dome…or El Cap. I bet he could accommodate.  He lives in Redding.

Here are some samples off his website.  Magazine quality. Did anyone take video?

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married. Gee, I really love you and we’re gonna get married. Goin’ to the Chapel of Love.” – The Dixie Cups
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A father and son pick Half Dome as a bonding experience

Here’s a pretty good Huffington Post story. About a man’s experience hiking Half Dome with his son.  Capsulates a lot of the feelings people feel on this massive trek.

Half dome

Half Dome’s cables are scarier in person!!

Here’s an excerpt. An easy read.

” . . . It was scary. It was steep. I wondered if I was taking an unnecessary chance with his life, and my own.

As someone who has spent a good portion of his career working with people to overcome worry, fear, and perfectionism (and being very familiar with these myself), I dug into my mental toolbox. I starting using self-talk to calm my mind and slow down my rising fight and flight response and beating heart as I said to myself, “Many people do this all the time… this is a choice… you don’t need to do this… everyone will think the same of you if you choose not to do it…you don’t have to prove anything… you can do this if you want to… it will be okay.” As I talked to myself, I felt calmer and was able to focus clearly on my son. . . . “

Dr Dan Peters ends his tome with: “It also taught me that we are never too old dig deep or climb high.”  

Carpe Diem!

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