Yosemite Valley, CA– Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed burn next week.
Park officials say it will be a collaborative effort with the Stanislaus National Forest. The burn will take place Wednesday, July 6th in the north western portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road).
The prescribed area is beginning to dry out from a heavy winter snowpack and fuel moistures and other fire factors within the burn unit are reaching optimal levels to successfully burn.
The Hodgdon Prescribed Burn will include 389 acres in Yosemite National Park and 111 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest. It is estimated that the burn will take approximately three days to complete.
Smoke from the burn may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in the northern portion. The goal of this prescribed burn is to reduce fire fuels near the park boundaries, Hodgdon Meadow Campground, the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station, and the Hodgdon residential area.
This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2011 fire season.