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Light Snow Slows Yosemite’s Wildcat Fire

Yosemite, CA – Snow and light rain on Thursday helped to slow the Wildcat Fire in Yosemite National Park.

“The guys are drying out and getting warm after yesterday’s light snow shower,” says Fire Information Officer Gary Wuchner. “It wasn’t very measurable, but it slowed the fire, and activity is relatively low right now.”

Overnight temperatures dipped down into the 20’s where the fire is burning in the Grand Canyon area of the Tuolumne River.

Crews will continue to manage the fire for wilderness and forest restoration purposes. It likely will not be fully extinguished until a major storm or cool front moves in later this year.

Wuchner says officials were able to get a better look at the fire through the air Thursday and are now estimating it to be 640 acres in size.

Trail closures that remain in effect: The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne from Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp to Pate Valley.

For more information on the Wildcat Fire click here.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.