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Posted by: News_Desk on 08/19/2017 12:14 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 08/19/2017 09:40 PM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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South Fork Fire Mandatory Evacuation Order for Residents of Wawona

Wawona, CA...Evacuation order is for all areas east of Highway 41 along Chilnualna Falls Rd. and Forest Dr. Residents and visitors must vacate by 4:00 pm today. Red Cross Shelter at Tenaya Lodge. Community meeting will be held at Tenaya Lodge at 6PM. Fire activity increased yesterday primarily due to downdraft winds from thunderstorms. The area east of Highway 41 on Forest Dr. and Chilnualna Falls Rd. is closed to visitors and guests. Permanent residents are advised to be ready to evacuate within 12-24 hours, however they should be ready to leave with shorter notice if conditions warrant. There will be a community meeting at the Wawona Community Center at 6pm on Saturday August 19th. Air quality specialists will be present to answer questions from residents regarding smoke in the community.






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Today, crews will work to contain the spot fires that occurred late yesterday afternoon and evening. Aircraft will assist ground crews when conditions warrant after the inversion lifts and smoke clears. Strategic objectives remain the same: utilize air and ground resources to hold the western and southern flanks while monitoring the northern and eastern edges. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics are being used in the Yosemite Wilderness to manage the area of the fire, using natural barriers such as rocks or streams, trails, and other minimal disturbance methods to contain the fire.

Smoke will continue to affect the Wawona area, particularly in the evenings and mornings. Community members who are sensitive to smoke should consult their physician and may want remain indoors or leave the area in periods of heavy smoke. Residents can monitor the air quality links below for current information.

A chance of thunderstorms will be possible over the Sierra Nevada each afternoon and evening into early next week.

There are currently 528 personnel assigned to the fire: 13 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 11 engines, 3 air tankers.

For additional information:
• Rapid Notify is a community alert system for rapid event notifications. Register by visiting http://www.rapidnotify.com/customer/Yosemite.html or https://alert.rapidnotify.com/.
• Nixle is a public-safety notification system. Sign up for emergency alerts by texting 95389 to 888-777 or visit their website at www.nixle.com
• Fire Information: Yose_Fire_Info@nps.gov
• Yosemite National Park Fire Information website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm
• Facebook, search: Yosemite Fire and Aviation
• Twitter, search @YosemiteFire : http://www.twitter.com/YosemiteFire
• Air Quality: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring.htm or Current PM2.5 conditions


South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team
Fire Information: 209-379-5322 southforkfireinfo@gmail.com
For additional information visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5502


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-19 12:54:30   By: Anonymous
 
Gloop

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    Posted on: 2017-08-19 14:22:08   By: Anonymous
     
    Good to see you're back from Scranton, Pa. how was your Aunt Mabel, and Joe?

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Bark Beetle Kill Zone
Posted on: 2017-08-19 15:19:03   By: Anonymous
 
So in trying to protect this one area they are in turn not allowing the Bark Beetle Kill Zone to be cleansed by fire as nature intended.
If you go to the web site http://egis.fire.ca.gov/arcgis/rest/services/FRAP/USFSTreeMortality_2016/MapServer
You can garner the info required to study this Bark Beetle Kill Zone knowledge. It makes no sense protecting dead trees when they need to be removed or allowed to burn as nature intended.

Isn't it nice your tax dollars are going to protect dead trees everybody is begging to be removed elsewhere.

It makes no sense I know. Allow it to burn as long as no people are hurt. It sincerely needs to burn.

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    Re: Bark Beetle Kill Zone
    Posted on: 2017-08-19 15:58:17   By: Anonymous
     
    I used to think about things like that, but then all of a sudden, stopped.

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    Re: Bark Beetle Kill Zone
    Posted on: 2017-08-19 17:28:44   By: Anonymous
     
    Our son is a firefighter and currently there. My understanding is that much of the area is being allowed to burn to remove so much dead fuel. Obviously, they must also practice some measure of containment in order to protect the town and its residents.

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      Re: Bark Beetle Kill Zone
      Posted on: 2017-08-19 17:51:17   By: Anonymous
       
      Yes but the vast majority of that area is all Beetle Kill. Yes protect the town but let it burn. If man was not around it would burn naturally. Most if not all of the time man's better ideas are better left unheard or unspoken or unknown. Nature knows what it needs. Protection for our fire fighters always.

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    Re: Bark Beetle Kill Zone
    Posted on: 2017-08-19 17:44:00   By: Anonymous
     
    The wind is a little scary this afternoon as well. Coming in strong from not the usual directions from Dorrington down to Murphys where I traveled today. More than a little reminiscent of the beginnings of the Butte Fire. Prayers for the safety of residents and fire fighters in the South Fork area.

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      Re: Bark Beetle Kill Zone
      Posted on: 2017-08-20 04:46:50   By: Anonymous
       
      I was listening to am radio, I couldn't believe how much crackling
      was going on over the airwaves, must of been a lot of lightning going
      on in the afternoon.

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        Re: Bark Beetle Kill Zone
        Posted on: 2017-08-20 16:58:17   By: Anonymous
         
        That's the Greys doing that.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-20 04:44:45   By: Anonymous
 
Oh no, a community meeting? I think I left that thing over there just don't try to handle it, but I hope everyone's property and personal safety is ok. This fire thing scares me more and more everyday. Prayers are with you my friends.

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    Posted on: 2017-08-20 18:01:14   By: Anonymous
     
    Are You afraid of things?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-20 18:05:08   By: Anonymous
       
      Some things are big-fat poopy-heads!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-21 04:26:45   By: Anonymous
       
      Most definitely, especially that thing called Hillary, she's ghastly

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