Prescribed fire out of control in NorCal – 200 acres burned. “Controlled” fire scheduled at Yosemite – Wawona

Yosemite announced they will be doing a prescribed fire burn (on purpose to remove underbrush). It will be in the Wawona area, near the South Entrance. Look for it today, February 26.

It will be planned for over 500 acres, although the first phase will be 60 acres. The total area will be done by March 30.

Do you recall the one in 2007 (August!) that did-in 6,000 acres near the Big Meadow area on the Big Oak Flat Road?

Now we hear that the fire guys in Siskiyou County (Northern California) have one out of control. It’s now called the Stephens Fire. It started 2 days ago and got out of control. It’s on private land. 200 acres now and 30+? Controlled.

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Yosemite doing prescribed – aka controlled – burn.

Let’s hope the Yosemite crew ppanned this one out. It’s pretty dry up there, but rain is moving in. Wonder if we copuld get cvolunteers to just rake it all up?  naah, to omuch work…fire is faster. The top brass has to sign off the plan. But “stuff” doesn happen. Fingers crossed.

Sigh.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I fell into a burning ring of fire, I went down, down, down as the flames went higher. And it burns, burns, burns,…the ring of fire, the ring of fire.” – Johnny Cash

 

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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One Response to Prescribed fire out of control in NorCal – 200 acres burned. “Controlled” fire scheduled at Yosemite – Wawona

  1. Maureen L says:

    Fire returns the minerals to the soil, and leaves bare soil for those tiny Sequoia seeds to sprout, rather than a layer of duff they can’t get through.

    That said, I’ve been on volunteer crews to do thinning by hand around the Ranger Residence across from the Visitor Center — no way they’re going to burn in there!

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