The 2010 fire season in Yosemite has begun, park officials said Friday.
Several prescribed burns are proposed for the western portion of the park, near Crane Flat.
National Park Service fire officials have examined procedures for prescribed burns in response to last year's Big Meadow Fire, which started out as a controlled burn near the community of Foresta, but quickly escaped its boundaries and grew into a wildfire that scorched 7,500 acres.
Park officials said that Yosemite will improve its planning procedures and consult with regional fire management staff prior to starting controlled burns. The park will also keep better records of seasonal changes in fuel moisture and weather patterns, and increase training for all fire employees and management staff.