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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
 
Today:  Sunny. Highs 74 to 82 at 5000 feet...65 to 71 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 50 to 60 at 5000 feet...41 to 49 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 76 to 82 at 5000 feet...65 to 71 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Fire Update September 20th, 2018
There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Wildfires when caused by lightning are a natural phenomenon on the landscape. While hiking trails and sitting at vistas you may see smoke in some of these areas.
 
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are currently in place inside Yosemite National Park. Please review the details for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice. 
 
Fire Name: Rancheria   Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/8/18    Location: North end of Rancheria Mountain, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 18.2 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Early planning phase, planned action to insert crew for detailed assessment. 
Comments: Lightning caused. The fire is creeping though dead and down ground fuels in red fir. The spread is mostly north and southwest following vegetation pockets. There are some natural barriers including very green vegetation, rock out cropping's, and changes in vegetation. Smoke production has been very light with some overnight accumulation in the Tuolumne river canyon. Fire crews are on scene assessing fuels and spread potential as well as impacts to trails in the area.
 
Fire Name: Indian    Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/4/18    Location: Near Porcupine Camp Ground, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 10.6 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor
Comments: Lightning caused. Growth continues to be slow to the south and backing down hill and along rocky ridges. Fire behavior is smoldering and creeping in red fir. This fire is surrounded by many natural barriers and rock bands. Fire crews are monitoring daily with easy access off the Tioga road. Smoke may occasional be seen from Porcupine Campground and and view points above Yosemite Creek
 
Fire Name: Unicorn    Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 7/28/18    Location: Unicorn Peak Area, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 2.6 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Occasional patrol with very low spread.
Comments: Lightning strike start at 9500 feet in elevation. Smoke may be visible from Tuolumne meadows.
 
Fire Name: Chain Lakes    Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/9/18    Location: Near Chain Lakes, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: .10 acres                   Status: Active
Strategy: Suppression tactics, crews will continue to mop up and monitor
Comments: Human caused.
 
For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.  (S. Saunders)
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New Vacancy:  Tree Faller WG-5042-07
Duty Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Relocation Expenses: Yes
Type of Appointment: Full-Time- Career seasonal- subject to placement into nonpay status
Who May Apply: Open to the public 
Open Period: 09/19/2018-10/03/2018
Click this link to view Announcement:
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Rental In Bootjack
A small Bootjack ranch is offering a small rental for a responsible quiet tenant.  Set back off the main road the private setting is home to many animals including goats, a horse and pigs.  The rental is a partially furnished travel trailer with a small kitchen, sleeping quarters and bath.  It includes satellite TV connection - you provide the television set.  Also included is a washing machine and clothesline.  Well behaved pets would be considered.  No smoking inside unit.  References and work history are requested.  Please email rfmudflap@gmail.com for an application. $450/month plus security.  (R. Fruehauf)
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
Zero Landfill Facelift Booth Needs Volunteers 
Like to talk to visitors? Like to be in the middle of all the fun during Facelift? Join in the Zero Landfill Initiative Facelift booth. This year, the booth will be shared with Yosemite Hospitality's Recycling Program, which also helps implement the Zero Landfill Initiative. There will be fun displays and mementos to give out from a shady spot right on the center of the mall. Email jodi_bailey@nps.govto sign up.  (J. Bailey)
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Wetland Restoration At Demolished Art Activity Center
Re-vegetation will occur at the demolished Art Activity Center wetland restoration area in Yosemite Village from late September to mid-October. Staff and volunteers will plant about 6,000 native wetland plants, broadcast native seed, and mulch with native pine needle duff. If you would like to help out, come volunteer the week of Facelift!  (J. Baccei)
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Gateway Expressions Art Judging Tuesday
Yosemite Employees (NPS, YC, NatureBridge, Aramark, etc.), come take a break during your busy day to help the Education Branch by enjoying as well as judging artwork created by students from Yosemite's Gateway Communities. This event will take place in the Yosemite Valley Amphitheater on Tuesday, September 18th from 10am to 3pm.  (A. Guzman)
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YARTS Winter 2018 Schedules
YARTS Winter 2018 Schedules are now available online. The new schedule starts October 1st and will be in effect until May 12th, 2019.  (C. Kelly)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Traffic Data Equipment Installation 9/10-10/22
New Traffic Data Recording Equipment is Currently Being Installed to Replace All of the Existing Traffic Counters in the Park
 
From September 10 to October 28, 2018 the park will be replacing the existing traffic counters in Yosemite, beginning this week along Tioga Road. 
 
At each location, the park will be installing loop vehicle detectors in each lane, trenching and placing underground conduit/wiring along the shoulder of the road and installing an Automatic Traffic Data Recorder. 
 
While work is under way, you should expect to see a flagging operation that will reduce traffic to one lane. Each lane will be closed for approximately 3 hours. A flagger and traffic cones will be out in the work zones. 
 
This may cause short traffic delays during the day as work crews proceed with digging and cutting operations along the shoulder of the road and in the roadway. Motorists should expect day work along Tioga Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Wawona and Glacier Point Roads, Southside Drive near the Chapel, and Northside Drive near Camp 4. Night work will take place at the South Entrance, Arch Rock, and Big Oak Flat Entrance. Work will not be conducted on the weekends, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. 
 
Location                         Dates             Time                               Traffic Control
 
Tioga and Big Oak        9/19-9/25           9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Flat Roads                                                                                  (one-lane road)       
 
Wawona and Glacier     9/26-10/1          9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Point Roads                                                                               (one-lane road)
 
Northside Drive at         10/2-10/7          9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger  
Camp 4                                                                                      (one-lane road)
 
Southside Drive            10/8-10/10        9:00 am-6:00 pm        Single lane closure
at Valley Chapel                                                                        (Second lane open)
 
Big Oak Flat                  10/11-10/16      8:00 pm-5:00 am        Flagger  
Entrance                                                                                    (one-lane road)
 
South Entrance             10/17-10/21      8:00 pm-5:00 am        Flagger        
                                                                                                  (one-lane road)
 
Arch Rock Entrance      10/22-10/28     8:00pm-5:00 am         Flagger
                                                                                                  (one-lane road)  (J. Richards)
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Riverbank Restoration At Housekeeping Camp
Between September 3rd and October 26th, Yosemite restoration staff will restore eroded and armored riverbanks on the eastern border of Housekeeping Camp. During this time a limited number of tent cabins will be closed while heavy equipment works in the immediate vicinity. Pedestrian access through this area will be limited. The riverbank will be stabilized using large engineered wood structures as well as seeding and planting with native riparian vegetation.  (C. Fong)
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Construction On Hwy 140 In Mariposa
The California Department of Transportation is repairing more than six miles of Highway 140 between the intersections of Highway 49 North and Whitlock Road in Mariposa County. This project is expected to finish by the end of September. Crews will upgrade structures that are used to keep water off the highway, repair and repave damaged pavement, and re-stripe the roadway. Crews are scheduled to work during the day, Monday through Friday, and will perform one-way traffic control. Delays in travel time should be anticipated between Mariposa and El Portal. The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d10/projects.html  (J. Donovan)