High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 26 August 2013

High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

The gold standard for California jurisdiction fire information is CalFire.

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For Federal events we look to Inciweb

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Smoke Information

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Air Now

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HIGH SIERRA WEATHER 

2016

Though we had a marginal, slightly below "normal" Winter, the consequences of the past 5 years of unprecendeted drought have caught up to the Sierra's Western Flank Forests in terms of a massive die-off.

A quick review of the Changing Weather News here and here and here all show the depth and width of this impending disaster of monumental porportions.

The Smoke and Fire Information resources are becoming more valuable every year.

As last year, I suggest that backpackers monitoring of climate conditions include watching fire and smoke conditions, and that our backpacking plans now incorporate fire plans.

A fire plan is awareness of our various escape routes.

 

2015

SPRING
A historic fire year after years of drought is forming up. I expect fire bans early in the season up and down the Sierra Crest.

I suggest that backpackers monitoring of climate conditions include watching fire and smoke conditions, and that our backpacking plans now incorporate fire plans.

A fire plan is awareness of our various escape routes.

 

Another excellent resource for High Sierra Fire information is YubaNet.

YubaNet

 2016 Fire News

A quick review of the Changing Weather News here and here and here all show the depth and width of this impending disaster of monumental porportions.

2015 NEWS

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West
 Livescience, May 5, 2015

California wildfire concerns rise after drought kills 12.5m trees,
Guardian, May 8

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says,
San J Mercury, May 12, 2014. 

 

Interesting articles discussing fire and forest:

After the (Rim) Fire: The Uncertain Future of Yosemite’s Forests, Wired, Aug. 30, 13.

Grim Fire Future Predicted

Wildfires projected to worsen with climate change, Harvard, August 28, 2013.

 Understanding New Fire Environment

NASA's Landsat Revisits Old Flames in Fire Trends, NASA, Aug. 29, 2013.

 

World Burning

Amazon Forest Fire Risk to Increase in 2013, NASA, June 7, 2013.

Heat Intensifies Siberian Wildfires, NASA, August 2, 2013

Fires Plague Portugal, NASA, August 27, 2013.

 

Note

 2016
SPRING

Clean Spring this year, not nearly as "messy" as last year's stream of weak Spring storms.

Into Summer:

Very Dry Conditions.

2015
SPRING

Big Fire Season pending end of "Spring," if it waits that long. The "mucky" weather from May 6 to May 25 has not padded the Sierra snow, but has suspended the drying out process for a time.

 Sloppy weather continuing through early July.

2014
As of August 26 I am delaying travel into the North Sierra Nevada until the fires end and the smoke clears.

Heavy smoke has been crossing the Sierra moving Northeast blanketing parts of  Western Yosemite National Park, Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, Mokelumne Wilderness.

Wind  changes have brought smoke into the San Jaquine Valley and Yosemite Valley.

The Tahoe Basin, Reno, and Carson City are also reported to be suffering under heavy smoke.

My best wishes go out to those threatened by these fires.
 

 

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