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Yosemite Fires Adding To Smoke Content

Yosemite National Park, CA — In addition to the prescribed burn in the Stanislaus National Forest south of Pinecrest Lake, there are 13 fires that have reduced the air quality of the Mother Lode.

As of Sunday two additional fires, for a total of 13, have resulted from the October 29 thunderstorms and subsequent lightning strikes. According to Yosemite officials four of these fires are in wilderness areas and are to be managed as Wildland Fire Use (WFU) for resource benefits rather than suppressed.

Recently discovered fires include the Devil (11/3), Cotton (11/3), Jack (10/31) and the Johnson (10/31).

The remaining nine fires have been contained, controlled and mopped-up and are in patrol status. The Empire, Wawona Dome, Old Steamboat, Turner, Ned, Taft, Point, Badger and Barn will be monitored periodically until measurable precipitation occurs.

Written by Bill Johnson