2017 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

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Post by maverick » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:44 pm



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Detwiler Fire - Mariposa 7/18

Post by maverick » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:26 pm

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Re: 2017 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Post by SSSdave » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:20 am

The exploding Detwiler fire now at 75 square miles is burning highly inflammable dry chaparral areas south of McClure Reservoir that have burned before in recent decades. Those chaparral areas are interspersed with considerable cattle grazing ranch lands. In the last few decades, real estate corporations have been very active selling land in those areas to urban people building second homes. The societal insanity much like in Southern California areas that yearly make fire news, is that enforcement of building codes for protection against fires is inadequate with the hidden agenda of not bothering people who already own property many of who are barely scratching out a rural life, and keeping home construction costs cheap using wood that of course benefits the real estate corps trying to sell land.

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Re: 2017 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Post by Carne_DelMuerto » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:44 am

Web cam video on Facebook from China Peak yesterday. Gives you an idea of what conditions will be like up above Edison or Florence lakes.

https://www.facebook.com/chinapeak/?hc_ ... 3s&fref=nf

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Detwiler Fire - Mariposa 7/19

Post by maverick » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:50 pm

45,724 acres and 7% contained. :eek:

Road closures:
HWY-49 at HWY-132 (Coulterville Rd.) – Restricted access to locals with addresses in La Grange, Coulterville, or Greely Hill only; Bear Valley Rd. at Exchequer Rd.; Hornitos Rd. from Mount Gaines to HWY 140.; HWY-49N from Hwy 140 to HWY 132.; Mt. Gains Rd. at No.9 Rd.; Hwy 49 at Aqua Fria.; Hwy 140 at Aqua Fria. HWY 140 from Triangle Rd. to School House Rd. 49S from HWY 140 to Triangle Rd.
http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incident ... Index/1672

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Mariposa webcam 7/18:
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Post by Carne_DelMuerto » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:27 pm

Here's a simple GIF I made from MODIS imagery showing the direction of the smoke plume. If anyone is interested I will update when available.
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Post by happycamper0313 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:48 pm

We have Half Dome/Cloud's Rest permits this weekend - does this fire make it useless to go? My group is pushing to go to Yosemite as the park is tweeting that it's open but I worry that the fire spreads and we get stuck when it's time to leave.

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Re: 2017 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Post by nasvik » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:18 pm

happycamper0313 wrote:We have Half Dome/Cloud's Rest permits this weekend - does this fire make it useless to go? My group is pushing to go to Yosemite as the park is tweeting that it's open but I worry that the fire spreads and we get stuck when it's time to leave.
I have a permit for Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne for this weekend and I've decided to bail. The river was my biggest concern, but it's currently at safe levels. But the smoke from this fire is dense. Breathing it at altitude while exercising isn't healthy.

If anyone has firsthand accounts of the Yosemite high country right now I'd love to hear from them.

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Re: 2017 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Post by maverick » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:32 pm

Please use these previously posted links to access the most current smoke conditions. :)

https://www.airnow.gov
http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
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Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:47 am

nasvik- although it is tedious, the NWS forecasts show smoke areas. Just click on a location and you will get smoke alerts. Lower elevations both west side and east side show smoke alerts, a band at higher elevations, south of Mammoth, seem to be better. Of course forecasts are just that- can change any time. Also, the east side web cams show some haze in Owens Valley. Yosemite valley web cams show lots of smoke.

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