2 Aug 2009, 1:06pm
California
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Wildcat Fire

Location: 9 miles NW of Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP, Tuolumne Co. CA
Specific Location: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, between Pate Valley and Glen Aulin, Lat 37° 56´ 13″, Lon 119° 29´ 25″

Date of Origin: 07/29/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/22/2009 4:40 pm
Personnel: 33
Size: 1,100 acres
Percent contained: 0%

More accurate acreage due to aerial mapping.

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Situation as of 08/15/2009 4:30 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 920 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Fire is still most active on the W side of the Return Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 08/14/2009 4:30 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 910 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Continue to monitor and protect the foot bridge at the confluence of the Tuolumne River and Return Creek.

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Situation as of 08/12/2023 5:45 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 903 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Transition out modules that are at the end of their 14 days. Continue to monitor.

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Situation as of 08/10/2023 4:30 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 892 acres
Percent contained: 0%

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Situation as of 08/09/2023 4:30 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 660 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Minimal fire activity for the most part. Some isolated early morning torching. The most active area is mid slope interior on the canyon way.

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Situation as of 08/06/2023 4:15 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 640 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Acreage reduced due to more accurate mapping. Light precip over the fire area today. Fire behavior primarily smoldering.

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Situation as of 08/04/2023 4:00 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 800 acres
Percent contained: 0%

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Situation as of 08/03/2023 4:00 pm
Personnel: 30
Size: 550 acres
Percent contained: 0%

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Situation as of 08/01/2024 7:00 pm
Personnel: ~20
Size: 500+ acres
Percent contained: 0%

Torching and crowning have diminished as the fire has moved up the north rim of the Canyon. Three Wildland fire modules are now spiked out near the fire perimeter to monitor this fire. This fire is located in one of the most remote, steep and rugged wilderness areas of the Park. Due to the steepness of the canyon, the potential for rock and timber roll-out and other significant safety concerns, the primary strategy will be indirect action until the fire finds its way to more open and accessible terrain.

Trail closures are in affect: The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne from Glen Aulin to Pate Valley. Further trail closures are being considered.
The immediate course of action and strategy will be to keep the fire on the north side of the Tuolumne River. Further actions will be determined by fire managers with additional reconnaissance and on the ground evaluation by fire crews. All responses are being considered for this wilderness wildfire. Values to be protected include the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, the Tuolumne River, trail systems and bridges, wildlife habitat and other wilderness and cultural resources.

Periodic smoke may be visible from various locations within the Park and the immediate region. Air quality could be diminished over the next few days due to strong up and down canyon winds moving smoke. Other regional fires are contributing to the areas haze.

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