High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 24 July 2018

SUMMER
2018
High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

 

High Sierra & Major California Fires

FERGUSON FIRE, Feds, Mariposa

CARR FIRE, Calfire, Shasta

New, Troubling Fire in the High Sierra:
DONNELL FIRE, Feds, Stanislaus NF

More Info
DONNELL FIRE

Largest Fire in State History
MENDO FIRE, Feds, Clearlake

 

Controlled
CRANSTON FIRE
, Feds, San Berdo

 

 

ALL
FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION

All Federal
Managed Fires
Parks, Forests, and Lands

INCIWEB 

Inciweb has been downgraded in services and quality by their redesign. For a list of National and California Fires, now see:

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER, note fire lists by states...

 

 

 

All California State
Managed Fires
CALFIRE Incident Information

  

 

 

2018 Google California Statewide Fire Map

2017 Google California Statewide Fire Map

  

 

 

ALL SMOKE RESOURCES

 

 

 

Selected Locations

Superceeded:

Inciweb: LTBMU Tahoe Basin

Inciweb: Yosemite

Inciweb: SEKI

2018
"Inciweb Update"
Note
Last year's Inciweb list of fires and reporting pages for each park, forest, and wilderness was a superior product, and it has been foolishly and poorly replaced by a clickable map. Though "mobile-friendly," this map format is now harder to query for specific fire information about what's happening in each National Park & Forest. But, it works for the Cell-Phonies...and that's what's important...

But, if you need an easy to view list of all active national fires, their size, and their crews, acres, equipment (and more info), well, that organization has all been lost to a pathetic google map that presents no real or compiled information at a glance, as did Inciweb lists of the previous design, along with its direct reference pages to the fire activity in each of our National Forests and Parks...all that valuable information and organization has been lost in this crappy "upgrade." I'd call it a, "digital downgrade," a "de-organization" of previously organized information.

The old presentation should have been preserved, and the new crap-map offered as a "mobile-option" for the cell-phonies.

 

All
High Sierra Park & Forest Fire, Alerts, Weather, & Contact Information 
(below)

  

 

 

Lightening Probabilities

Weather Warnings & Advisories 

 

 

 

SMOKE

Best Smoke Resource

FIRE & SMOKE PROJECTIONS
BLUE SKY
BlueSky Daily Runs

CA/NV 2-km 72 hr forecast  (Reset date for latest run)

All BlueSky Daily Runs

Pick Region & Time, Click, "MAP." (For the Sierra, select CA/NV 2-km)

 

Observe the Smoke

MODIS Fire & Thermal Anomalies

 

Best B&W Visible Satellite Views

Visible Northern California & the Sierra

Visible SF Bay Area, So Cal, & the Sierra

 

Fire Satellite Views

No Cal Sierra Nevada IR Fire Satellite Loop

SF Bay Area-Monterey IR Fire Satellite Loop

 


 

So Cal Sierra Nevada IR Fire Satellite Loop

Western Region US IR Fire Satellite Loop

 

 

The Weather Page
All Satellites

 

GMT NOW         PST-PDT NOW

Time of Forecasts and Predictions

 

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 

 

 

2018
The Situation

July is acting like August...

July 2018: Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave

July 2018: California Burning

 

 

2017
The Situation

October

High Fire Danger

Napa-Atlas Peak Firestorm

End of 2017 Fire Season
November 26-27, 2017
Finally a storm strong enough to decisively end fire season

 

Notes

July 7, 2018
The cool Spring that preserved our weak snowpack through June, longer than its bulk would have indicated, has given way to warm, dry fire conditions and fires more typical of August.

 

July 18, 2017

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-AUGUST 2018

EVERYWHERE
The Whole Sierra Crest & Both Flanks

July was Hottest month ever recorded in California...

2018: The New Normal Emerges in California, July Hottest Month EVER

 

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

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All Federal Fires
Inciweb 

 

Inciweb has been downgraded in services and quality by their 2018 redesign. For a list of National and California Fires, now see:

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER, note fire lists by states...

 

 

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
permits & contact information

 

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day Tahoe Basin Forecast

Inciweb: LTBMU National Forest (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

 

El Dorado National Forest
permits & contact information

 

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day NW Sierra Flank Forecast

Inciweb: El Dorado National Forest (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

 

 

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
permit contact information

 

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day Northeast Sierra Flank Forecast

Inciweb: Toiyabe National Forest (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

 

 

Stanislaus National Forest
permits & contact information

 

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day West Sierra Flank Sonora Pass to Whitney Forecast

Inciweb: Stanislaus National Forest (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

 

Yosemite National Park
wilderness conditions

 

Yosemite Permits & Contact information

ALERTS & NOTICES

Roads & Pass

Missing People in Yosemite

Seven Day West Sierra Flank Sonora Pass to Whitney Forecast

Inciweb: Yosemite (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo National Forest
permit & contact information

 

ALERTS & NOTICES

Seven Day Inyo East Sierra Flank from Mammoth to Mount Whitney

Inciweb: Inyo National Forest (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

 

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
contact information

 

ALERTS & NOTICES

SEKI TRAIL CONDITIONS

SEKI FIRES

SEKI FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Seven Day West Sierra Flank Sonora Pass to Whitney Forecast

Inciweb: SEKI (foolishly superceeded)

Inciweb map crap

 

 

 

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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2018

July
About half-typical snowpack preserved by a cooler than normal Spring, which rapidly transitioned into an early fire season, which has now in July already given us many times the typical intensity and number of July fires...

2017

One Crazy-wet year with record snowpacks

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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Originally Published

2013-08-26 15:20:13 -0700

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