2018 Fire News, FERGUSON-CARR-DONNELL-MENDO Fires


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 11 August 2018

Started July 16, Updated the 14th

FIRE NEWS

 FERGUSON-CARR-MENDO-DONNELL
-CRANSTON-
FIRES

The Latest
Updated News, Smoke, & Fire Info Below

All Fed Fire Info
Inciweb

All State Fire Info
Calfire

 

 

Serious Hazard Conditions
ALL SMOKE RESOURCES

 

 

HUGE FIRES
Specific FedState Status Reports

 

FERGUSON FIRE, Feds, Mariposa

86% Contained

Yosemite Valley Opened on the 14th

Yosemite Valley to Open on the 14th, announced August 10.

Yosemite Valley Closed Indefinitely, August 5th.

 

 

CARR FIRE, Calfire, Shasta
65% Contained

 

  

New, Troubling Fire in the High Sierra:

25% Contained
DONNELL FIRE, Feds, Stanislaus NF

 

Donnell Fire Closures

Carson Iceberg Wilderness & Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Closed, the 10th

Highland Lakes Road Closed, the 9th

West Flank Trails Closed, the 7th

PCT Closed, Between Sonora & Ebbetts Passes, the 6th

Donnell Fire Closures

 

More Info
DONNELL FIRE

 

 

LIONS FIRE, Fed, SE of Mammoth Lakes
70% Contained

 

 

Largest Fire in State History

68% Contained
MENDO FIRE, Feds, Clearlake


 

 

Serious Hazard Conditions
ALL SMOKE RESOURCES

 

 

Controlled
CRANSTON FIRE, Feds, San Berdo

 

Best Map
2018 Statewide Fire Map

 

Serious Smoke in Yosemite, on the Sierra Crest, & Both Flanks:

Smoke: BlueSky Daily Run (Must be reset for latest run)

Sat:      MODIS Sat View, the 5rd

 

All Smoke Resources

 

Visible Satellite Views

Visible Northern California & the Sierra

Visible SF Bay Area, So Cal, & the Sierra

 

 

Latest Fire News

August 11

FERUGUSON FIRE

82% Contained

Yosemite Valley to Reopen to Visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m.
Yosemite National Park News Release, August 10, 2018.

"The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public on Monday, August 13th, at 9:00 a.m."

Latest Fire Operations Map

 

 

August 9

DONNELL FIRE

6% Contained

 

FERGUSON FIRE

79% Contained

 

CARR FIRE

48% Contained

 

MENDO FIRE

51% Contained

 

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August 7

ALL CALIFORNIA

Smoke Plumes Tower Over California,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 7, 2018.

DONNELL FIRE

"Yosemite Valley opens to residents/employees ONLY on Wed, Aug 8, at 10 am. Enter via Hwy 140. Drive 25 mph/use caution. Yosemite Valley remains closed to the public."

 

 

August 6

DONNELL FIRE

Donnell Fire Closes PCT between Sonora & Ebbetts Passes

 

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August 5

Late in the Day

FERGUSON FIRE

Yosemite Closure Extended
"...the decision to extend the current park closures indefinitely."
Yosemite National Park, August 5 News Release.

“The following areas remain closed: Yosemite Valley, El Portal Road, Wawona Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona Campground, Crane Flat Campground, Tamarack Campground, and several other sections of the Park. Please visit www.nps.gov/yose for the most up to date information.”

"This fire has crossed Glacier Point Road, forced firefighters to shelter in place at Badger Pass."

 

August 5

FERGUSON FIRE

No word yet, but I seriously doubt that Yosemite Valley will open to the public today...

August 5

DONNELL FIRE

Evening

"Due to the other large fires in the region and state, firefighters are extremely scarce. Handcrews and engines have been ordered and are pending."

DONNELL FIRE

Morning

Donnell Fire Evacuations along Highway 108, Clarks Fork to Kennedy Meadows ordered on the 4th. Order.

"As of 2 p.m. today the Tuolumne County Sheriff announced a mandatory evacuation from Clarks Fork to the Dardanelle Resort. An evacuation advisory has been announced from the Dardanelle Resort to Kennedy Meadows. Mandatory evacuations include homes on Clarks Fork, the Wagner housing tract, Forest Service campgrounds, Camp Liahona (Mormon Girls Camp) and the area between Clarks Fork and the Dardanelle Resort. There is an evacuation advisory for Highway 108 between the Dardanelle Resort and Kennedy Meadows."

 

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August 5

CALIFORNIA BURNING

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen," Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox.

And, all of these fires have been, "early." We are right now just entering what's traditionally been the worse time of each year's fire season.

 

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August 3

FERGUSON FIRE

Fire Map
Fire Enters Yosemite, Threatens Merced Grove, El Portal, Yosemite West, Wawona, and is entering the mouth of Yosemite Valley between El Portal & Yosemite West.
Operations Overview Map
August 3, 2018 @ 0600

10 am
"Mandatory EVACUATION for Yosemite Valley"
"Convoys are meeting at El Cap Meadow at 1100am and 1200pm for Wawona exit.  May also exit via Crane Flat to Tioga Pass only (this route is dependent on fire behavior and could close at any moment) .  Must leave the valley by 1200pm today."

Emailed Yosemite Alert. This evacuation order must be covering all Park & non-emergency personel remaining in the Valley during the public closure...

 

ALL ROADS CLOSED EXCEPT TIOGA

All entrances and roads in Yosemite are closed except Tioga Pass and Tioga Road,
Yosemite National Park Alerts in Effect, August 3, 2018.

 

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July 31

Yosemite Valley Delays Opening by Two Days

From Friday to Sunday

Yosemite Valley and Other Areas to Remain Closed through Sunday, August 5, 2018 Due to Smoke and Firefighting,
Yosemite National Park, News Release, July 31, 2018.

Hetch Hetchy closed too...

Last Closure Order


NASA’s MISR Views Raging Fires in California,
NASA, July 31, 2018.

 

Raging Fires in California Creating Havoc for the State,
NASA, July 31, 2018.

"All of these fires are causing huge amounts of destruction, but they are also creating health hazards with the amount of smoke that is being pumped into the atmosphere."

View of Smoke & Fire from Space on July 30:
Fire & Smoke on July 30.
NASA image courtesy NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) project.

Also see: MODIS Sat View, the 26th, or the 3rd of August...


Wildfires Blanket Western States With Smoke
,
NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY, July 31, 2018.

All Smoke Resources

 

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Three Major Fires Buring Out of Control

PRESS RESOURCES

FERGUSON FIRE

Sierra News Online

CARR FIRE

Carr Fire: See Redding Record-Searchlight

CRANSTON FIRE

Cranston Fire: See Riverside Press-Enterprise

 

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July 28
CARR FIRE DOUBLES IN A DAY

Carr Fire update: 80,000 acres burned, 5 percent contained on Saturday,
Mercury News, July 28, 2018.

 

 

July 27
FERGUSON FIRE

Yosemite Valley Delays Opening by Five Days

July 29 to August 3

Yosemite National Park Announces Yosemite Valley to Reopen at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018,
Yosemite National Park News Release, July 27, 2018.

Initial Closure: July 25 to 29

 

 

July 26
FERGUSON FIRE

5 pm Update

Terrain makes Ferguson firefight difficult; adds to injuries,
Union Democrat, July 26, 2018.

"...5,200 homes...threatened..."

"Seven firefighters have been injured, including two with leg injuries who were hospitalized."

"...the terrain includes lots of loose rock and shale, which are tough to traverse."

"Several firefighters suffered from health complications due to the heat, which on Tuesday and Wednesday was well over 107 degrees."

"...3,686 people are working the fire with 241 engines, 47 water tenders, 47 helicopters and 63 dozers."

"...43,299 acres had burned, and containment was estimated at 27 percent."

  

 

July 24

FERGUSON FIRE

Yosemite Alert
YOSEMITE VALLEY & WAWONA CLOSED,
July 25 to 29:
"Due to firing ops and smoke a closure order for visitors will start at midnight for Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Residents permitted to stay."

Closure Extended Five Days

 

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July 23

FERGUSON FIRE

July 23, Fresno Bee

 

Initial News

FERGUSON FIRE

News: Sierra News Online, July 16

News: Firefighter Killed, Sierra Star, July 16

 

 

PREDICTION
News & Analysis
July 15
Ferguson Potential for a Devastating Fire, & Most of Ca Too!

 

News: Fatality, Wildfire Today, Last Saturday


 

Affected
Forests & Parks

All Yosemite News, Alerts, Contacts

Sierra National Forest Alerts & Events

Stanislaus Nationa Forest Alerts

 

 

More
Fire & Smoke
Observation Resources

 

All Smoke & Fire Resources

 

 

High Sierra Weather

 

 

July 2018 Trail, Terrain, & Weather News

 

July 2018 Trails Forum

 

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July 23

Update on Fire Expansion

Ferguson Fire balloons in size, danger to structures and cost. Blaze two miles from Yosemite,
Fresno Bee, July 23, 2018.

El Portal and Foresta Threatened

"...now threatening more than 3,000 structures...the communities of El Portal and Foresta are now in the most danger of structural damage."

"...Cal Fire and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department is investing as many resources as possible to prevent the fire from reaching El Portal and Foresta."

Into the Stanislaus

"...unable to stop it from spreading into the Stanislaus Forest area."

On the Western Boundary of Yosemite

"...Yosemite National Park...the fire is about two miles away from the park’s west side boundary...there is no way to predict if or when the fire could reach it or any other location."

 

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JULY 15

REALLY BAD
FIRE NEWS

Ferguson Fire POTENTIAL

Is this the Big One?

A university climate scientist has a dire prediction for the 4,000-acre blaze that’s burning just west of Yosemite National Park,
Record Searchlight, July 15, 2018.

DIRE PREDICTION
“A university climate scientist has a dire prediction for the 4,000-acre blaze that’s burning just west of Yosemite National Park and only 2 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon.”

"Dr. Daniel Swain believes the Ferguson Fire “is likely to burn for many days and may eventually become a major threat” to the national park..."

REASONS
“One is that the fire is burning in a tinderbox – an area that’s filled with dry, dead trees that became infested with beetles during previous years of drought. The other reason he’s concerned is that he believes that area of Mariposa County faces “a long period of hot weather to come.”

NO POWER IN EL PORTAL

“Pacific Gas and Electric has de-energized its power lines that run through the fire area so there’s no electricity in the Yosemite, El Portal and Foresta areas.”

 

The Bottom Line

IT'S COMING...

If this fire does not bring a conflaguration, then the next may. Or the next. The point is, “It’s Coming.” Not only are Sierra Forests filled with dead trees and deep forest-floor litter, but they are getting drier day by day, month by month, and year by year.

This could well be the year Yosemite burns, or the West Tahoe Forests go up in a fireball… Our behavior makes these outcomes inevitable. It’s just a matter of our continuing our irresponsible program of endless over-population and over-development.

 

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WILDFIRE NEWS

Tree Mortality & Mitigation

Feds Want To Remove Millions Of Dead And Dying Trees From California’s Forests

 

 

May 13
2018 FIRE THREAT PROFOUND
Three Fire Stories

Small Early-Season Fire in Foothills stokes Fears

Jerry & Dems Caused the Wildfire-Climate Problem

CA State & Local Officals Declare Profound 2018 Fire Dangers

 

 

 

Originally Published
2018-07-16 09:39:32 -0700

 

2018 Fire News, FERGUSON FIRE

 

 

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Originally Published

2018-07-17 11:02:19 -0700

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