Yosemite Valley, CA– Smoke from a fire in Yosemite National Park can been seen in the Mother Lode this week.
Park officials say smoke from the Avalanche Fire is visible along the Glacier Point Road, portions of the Wawona Road (Highway 41), and the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120).
The Avalance Fire is in designated wilderness, east of the Glacier Point Road and one mile north of Chinquapin.
The Avalance Fire began on Sunday, July 31st, after the park experienced a severe thunderstorm. Three other lightening caused fires were also spotted at Moss Creek near the Merced Grove, Moraine Dome near Little Yosemite Valley and Lost Valley just east of Moraine Dome. All fires except the Avalanche Cree fire have been suppressed.
Lightening caused wildland fires often occur during the summer months in Yosemite. Fire officials will continue to monitor the park’s wilderness for any new fires.
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