Yosemite Valley, CA– Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed burn.
Park officials say the burn will start Friday in the southern portion of the park near Bishop Creek along the Wawona Road and take around four to five days to complete.
The total prescribed burn area will include 5,224 acres and ignition will be dependent on weather conditions, according to Yosemite Fire Managers.
The burn will be broken up into segments, with Segment A being ignited on Friday, and burning 1,400 acres. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite will be present during all fire activity.
Smoke from the burn may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in Yosemite West, Wawona, Yosemite Valley, El Portal and Foresta. There is also a possibility of nighttime smoke impacts along the Wawona Road.
The goal of this prescribed burn is to reduce fire fuels near the communities of Yosemite West, Wawona, Glacier Point, and El Portal. This prescribed fire will help to reduce over-accumulation of fuels near these communities, thereby reducing the chances of wildfires.
Historically, fires have burned as frequently as every four to twelve years in this particular area. However, there have been no fires in the vicinity for the past 25 years.