High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 26 August 2013

High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

 

Also See
All Tree News

 

 

California State
Managed Fires

CalFire

CalFire Incident Information

 

 

Federal
Parks, Forests, and Lands

Inciweb 

Selected Locations

Inciweb: LTBMU Tahoe Basin

Inciweb: Yosemite

Inciweb: SEKI

 

 

All High Sierra
FORESTS & PARKS

Individual High Sierra

Park & Forest
CONTACTS
Fires, Advisories, Alerts, & Restrictions

 

 

Lightening Probabilities

Weather Warnings & Advisories


 

Smoke
Information

California Smoke Information

 

Air Quality

Air Now

Air Now, PM & Ozone maps, & loops

Air Now Cities

Air Now AQI chart

 

NOAA

Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product

 

NASA

Interesting Recent Satellite Smoke Images

Worldview: all recent satellite imagery

MODIS Smoke

 

 

HIGH SIERRA WEATHER 

 

 

2017
The Situation

July 18

Despite, or maybe because this 2016-17 massive Winter snowpack broke our five-year long super-drought, we are having an active and increasing fire season. Massive grasses and Spring growth from the excessive moisture are now acting as kindling for the hundred million drought & beetle killed trees in the Sierra.

The excessive tropical moisture we received last Winter has not affected the trajectory of Summer Heat, which is still running towards the heat advisories and warning levels that characterized the "drought" years. The Drought Never Ended

With this kind of heat my mind turns to the question, "is the drought over, with one wet Winter?" We will see this next Winter, if one even comes.

The "big" patterns in the sky controlling the character of our seasonal weather and its transitions between seasons is damaged, if not broken. The only thing our future weather holds is deep uncertainty.

 

Also See
The Drought Never Ended

 

 

Current Fire Restrictions
MID-SEPTEMBER 2017

EVERYWHERE
The Whole Sierra Crest & Both Flanks

But SUPER HOT conditions have finally relented

 

High Sierra
National Parks & Forests

Contacts for Permits, Fire Information, & Fire Restrictions

 

All Federal Fires
Inciweb 

 

 

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
permits & contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day Tahoe Basin Forecast

Inciweb: LTBMU National Forest

 

 

 

El Dorado National Forest
permits & contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day NW Sierra Flank Forecast

Inciweb: El Dorado National Forest

 

 

 

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
permit contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day Northeast Sierra Flank Forecast

Inciweb: Toiyabe National Forest

 

 

 

Stanislaus National Forest
permits & contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day West Sierra Flank Sonora Pass to Whitney Forecast

Inciweb: Stanislaus National Forest

 

 

Yosemite National Park
wilderness conditions

Yosemite Permits & Contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day West Sierra Flank Sonora Pass to Whitney Forecast

Inciweb: Yosemite

 

 

 

Inyo National Forest
permit & contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day Inyo East Sierra Flank from Mammoth to Mount Whitney

Inciweb: Inyo National Forest

 

 

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

SEKI FIRES

SEKI FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Seven Day West Sierra Flank Sonora Pass to Whitney Forecast

Inciweb: SEKI

 

 

Weather Warnings & Advisories

 


Links to all Park & Forest Contacts
for
High Sierra Permits & Backpacking Information

 

This is the page where you can access all fire, warnings, and restrictions information covering High Sierra National Parks and Forests.

 

General Smoke, Fire, & Lightening information: Top of Page

 

This page here links to the "Alerts, Notices, & News"
on Forest & Park pages for specifics of their current fire restrictions.

 

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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.

 

 

 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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