Yosemite, CA – Yosemite National Park officials report a blaze dubbed the “Empire Fire” was ignited Monday night at an elevation of nearly 7300 feet.
Park officials have determined that lightning sparked the 147 acres fire that is “being managed for multiple objectives including “protection and resources.” The flames are located approximately one mile south of the Bridalveil Campground and between Alder Creek and Bridalveil Creek. Yosemite Fire officials report the flames are creeping and smoldering in needle duff and burning in heavy dead and down timber. Crews are on scene to monitor the fire. Park officials indicate that by managing the fire under the right conditions it can reduce fuels and thereafter reduce the intensity of future fires.
There are no threats to the Bridalveil Campground area or the hiking trails at this time. However, smoke is visible and may impact the Bridalveil Campground. Park officials note that the fire can be seen from the high country and may be seen from viewpoints in the immediate area off Glacier Point Road. Both the Alder creek trail and Bridalveil trail are being assessed by fire crews.