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Re: Hwy 120 Closed in Groveland

Postby fedak » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:00 am

Ok, here's the scoop on the smoke:

The fire is west of Yosemite and the winds are blowing north- thus Yosemite itself is largely clear. Tuolumne Meadows was crystal clear this morning and a bit hazy as the day wore on. You can see the plumes of smoke off to the west from the TM area ridges.

Tahoe Area (Desolation/Granite Chief/Mokelumne) are completely smoked in with visibility of less than a mile.
The Carson/Antelope valleys seem to have the worst of it.

395 was smokey all the way south to Lee Vining this morning. Mono lake had cleared out by afternoon and the smoke didn't really start until Bridgeport.
So I'm guessing the eastern/southern sides of Hoover/Emigrant are probably better than the western/northern portions.

Panorama shot from North Peak (13mb)
http://50.87.144.114/~fedak/modules/Gal ... norama.jpg


North Peak from Saddlebag this morning:
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Re: Hwy 120 Closed in Groveland

Postby Marmaduke » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:42 am

It appears that the trees and the camp at Cherry Lake will be burned to the ground. We as a family, along with extended family and friends have camped here for the past 12 years. It will be a depressing sight next year. :(
Although, as this will have a slight affect on our family. This is ruining the lives of some. My heart goes out to those living in the area and truly living a nightmare.
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Re: Hwy 120 Closed in Groveland

Postby Deb » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:04 pm

Spent the weekend in Tuolomne kayaking, drinking, climbed Johnson, drinking... The plume from atop Johnson looked horrendous! Back into the Meadows a light smoke comes and goes. Trail crew from the western side has been evacuated to Tuolomne without much warning. All in all, it is a gorgeous day in the Meadows.
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Re: Hwy 120 Closed in Groveland

Postby Jelf » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:44 pm

Rim fire online map - Fire perimeter, hot spots, wind data

The link below will always display the most recent perimeter of the Rim Fire and current hot spots straight from the GeoMAC server. This is the same server that also provides data to the crews on the fire line. Sometimes the data on the InciWeb site is not as current as the data that comes from the GeoMAC server. (The InciWeb site gets its data from GeoMAC.)

The map also shows wind speed and direction. Note that the wind data is always 3 hours old.

For more information regarding this map, you can follow the “About” link in the upper left corner of the map.

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/fires/2 ... e_map.html

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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby splattski » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:50 pm

We had clean air last week in Tuolumne, but could see the smoke from near Columbia Finger
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Re: Hwy 120 Closed in Groveland

Postby lcarreau » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:09 am

Marmaduke wrote:It appears that the trees and the camp at Cherry Lake will be burned to the ground.


Yeah ... but on the other hand, it will revitalize and open up the forest for a much healthier elk and deer population.


Deb wrote:Spent the weekend in Tuolomne kayaking, drinking, climbed Johnson, drinking...


Deb, I'm assuming you're drinking WATER ?
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby Marmaduke » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:44 am

I'm pretty sure there isn't any Elk in the area. Ranchers do have leases of some sort and thousands head of cattle graze on the U.S. and Federal lands. The terrain in some areas is extremely steep, many steers will be lost. Also, around the lake itself there is granite everywhere. There are remnents of a past fire and the "forest" will not revitalize quickly.......And the town of Tuolumne is being threatened. Today looks much better but those folks aren't going to be sleeping any better anytime soon.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby fedak » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:08 pm

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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby willytinawin » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:38 pm

Here's a pic of the new elk habitat from the Rim fire
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Also, they are spending millions to put out this fire which is burning the watershed and major power source for San Francisco (Hetch Hetchy). Should the city of San Francisco have to foot the bill?
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby tbaranski » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:28 am

It's depressing to see the smoke even from Mammoth. Landing in Reno (and driving down) was surreal. My schedule calls for Mt. Dana tomorrow -- but it might be too far north. We'll see.

In the meantime, how's the Bishop area looking these days? Is the fish fire sending smoke there?
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby fedak » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:04 am

Mt Dana was fine on Saturday, not sure if thats still the case.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby fedak » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:27 am

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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby Deb » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:23 am

tbaranski wrote:It's depressing to see the smoke even from Mammoth. Landing in Reno (and driving down) was surreal. My schedule calls for Mt. Dana tomorrow -- but it might be too far north. We'll see.

In the meantime, how's the Bishop area looking these days? Is the fish fire sending smoke there?

Looking pretty clear in Bishop today, of course it did drizzle. The clouds were settled on mountain tops most of the day; no smoke. Yesterday afternoon the smoke DID creep in just a bit.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby Luciano136 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:22 am

We went to the south lake area instead. You could smell some smoke there and it came in over Johnson's north ridge in the afternoon. For some reason, Lone Pine was smokey too; couldn't even see parts of the mountains. That was Sunday. Guessing some other fire?
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby dyusem » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:56 pm

willytinawin wrote: <snipsnipsnip>

Also, they are spending millions to put out this fire which is burning the watershed and major power source for San Francisco (Hetch Hetchy). Should the city of San Francisco have to foot the bill?


Hmmm...unsure if you watched the video that Fedek (thanks!!!) posted above; you can skip to ~4:00+ mins to see the ferocity that the fire exhibited.

Why would you suggest that SF foot the bill for battling this fire???

Are you also suggesting that the fire be allowed to burn if those vital (to SF) resources did not exist?

Decisions were been made many years ago to use Hetch Hetchy as a power/water resource for SF. While the decision was not unanimous, it was blessed on state and federal levels, which IMHO precludes local government from being responsible for costs associated to battle a wildfire of this nature.
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