Mariposa & Yosemite

Controlled burn planned for Yosemite area

Yosemite National Park has announced plans for a controlled burn at Big Meadow, near the community of Foresta on Wednesday. The total burn area will include 90 acres, subject to weather conditions and air quality. Fire crews have been preparing the meadow for several weeks. Fire engines, water tenders and hand crews will be on site during the fire.

Yosemite officials estimate the burn will take one day to complete and another few days to douse hot spots.

Smoke levels near Foresta will be monitored, Yosemite officials said.

The Big Meadow burn is the first prescribed fire in the area since the A Rock fire of 1990.