Yosemite National Park planned to start burning piles of debris Tuesday near the communities of Foresta, El Portal and Wawona. Other locations include Chinquapin, the Merced grove, the Mariposa Grove and along roads throughout the park.
The park typically burns debris during the spring and fall when weather conditions are cool and there is a higher amount of precipitation. Burn piles generally consist of dead forest material such as tree limbs, logs and brush. A maximum of 200 piles equaling roughly 2 acres may be burned in one day.
Park officials say pile burning helps clear forest undergrowth, keeping roadways clear for traffic and reducing fire fuels. Temperatures over the next few weeks are expected to remain cool, with sporadic rain predicted.
For more information on fire in Yosemite National Park, visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm.
- Posted by Brandon Bowers