Yosemite fire status and weather check – Cold nights!

As we approach the fall, the environment at Yosemite is changing.  Darkness is hovering around 7 pm. Finally, there is some “weather” moving into NorCal. Although it will remain sunny for the most part, evening temps at Yosemite are getting down into the low 40’s. The skies will have some moisture content to help vs the flames.

Keep that in mind if you are hiking Half Dome and plan on tenting it. I always use a sleeping bag at the Curry Tent cabins….just in case it gets cold PLUS I don’t have to “make my bed.”

Fire update – While we haven’t had a repeat of the RIM fire disaster, the Tenaya Fire popped up a week ago. This is the one above Yosemite Falls / North Dome that currently has shrunk to just over 400 acres.  It lies along both sides of the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road.


DC-10’s like this one dump fire retardant.

Crews are reporting about 100% containment but it is still burning. DC-10 aircraft were used after it began Sept 8, but flights have slowed down. Trails in the area are now open again..

This and other fires are causing air quality impacts. The entire Central Valley smoke levels are in the Unhealthy Range. Plan on hazy skies and reduced viz.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: ”The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

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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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