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Two fires are currently burning in Yosemite National Park.

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The North Mountain Fire is located in Tuolumne County and began on Saturday, June 21, 2008 in the Stanislaus National Forest. It is burning in the area near North Mountain and along the northern side of the Tuolumne River. It is currently about 2,750 acres, including approximately 750 acres in Yosemite National Park west of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Initial containment was hampered by a lack of crew resources, but good progress is being made now on the north and east flanks, where the fire continues to spread slowly into the park. The entire fire area is within the 1996 Ackerson Fire footprint. In the park, the current effects of the fire are desirable as they help create and maintain forest diversity. Prescribed burning done jointly between the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service prior to the Ackerson Fire left a considerable amount of intact timber in this area and the current fire is burning primarily in the understory, maintaining positive ecosystem conditions.

The Blue Fire is located in Mariposa County. It is burning along Yosemite Creek approximately 3/4 of a mile north of the confluence of Blue Jay Creek and Yosemite Creek. The park is currently using natural barriers to contain the fire at less than 10 acres. Visitors and residents may see smoke from this fire from the Tioga Road.

There are currently no closures in Yosemite National Park due to either fire. Areas of smoke may exist due to the cumulative effects of fires in the area.

Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions to minimize smoke impacts.

People with respiratory problems should use caution when exerting themselves in smoky areas. Areas of smoke may limit visibility and drivers are advised to watch for equipment and personnel on roadways.

Sierra Wildfire Information
Updated Monday, June 30, 2008

For current air quality in and around Yosemite National Park, please refer to our webcams.

Several fires continue to burn in the Yosemite area.

There are currently no closures in effect because of these fires, although smoky conditions may exist in some areas.

For more information on the North Mountain Fire, visit or call the Stanislaus National Forest at 209/962-4042.

For information on the Silver Complex visit: or contact the Sierra National Forest at 559/877-2218.

Information on the Oliver Fire is available at or by calling 209/966-4784.




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