Yosemite, CA – The staff is up to full speed, sparking Yosemite National Park’s official announcement that the 2015 fire season has begun.
Park officials report fire crews have completed all training, fire refresher courses, fitness tests and all stations are fully staffed. The fire resources available 24/7 include, fire management officials, four Type 3 wildland engines, one helicopter, and one hand crew. The season actually began on May 24, according to park officials, who noted, it is an earlier start than first predicted, due to the heightened fire potential, statewide.
Defensible space inspections of properties throughout Yosemite’s communities, including Aspen Valley, Hodgdon Meadows, Foresta, El Portal, Yosemite Valley, and Wawona are set to start on Monday, June 1. Additionally, pile burning will be banned until further notice. Visitors to the park, especially those camping and in the picnic areas, are asked to pay special attention to make sure all campfires are fully extinguished with water, mixed with ashes, upon leaving the site