A prescribed burn is planned for Friday near Bishop Creek, along the Wawona Road, in the southern portion Of Yosemite National Park. The controlled burn, which includes 5,224 acres, is dependent upon weather conditions.
The area has a history of fire occurring naturally every four to 12 years, but there have been no fires in the area for 25 years, Yosemite officials said. The prescribed burn is part of the park's plan to restore forest ecosystems that depend on fire, such as the lower mixed conifer pine forest. Yosemite hopes the burn will reduce brush and other fire fuels near the communities of Yosemite West, Wawona, Glacier Point, and El Portal.
It is estimated that the burn will take four to five days. Fire engines, water tenders and work crews will be present during the burn, park officials said.
Smoke may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in Yosemite West, Wawona, Yosemite Valley, El Portal and Foresta. There is a possibility of nighttime smoke impacts along the Wawona Road, the park said.
-- Posted by Brandon Bowers