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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Today:  Sunny. Highs 83 to 93 at 5000 feet...72 to 80 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 48 to 58 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 76 to 84 at 5000 feet...66 to 74 at 8000 feet.
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Victor Goldman Retirement Party Today
Victor Goldman, who creates works of ecological restoration art with an excavator, is retiring after nearly 30 years in Yosemite! Please join in to thank him for his lasting contributions to Yosemite's rivers, meadows, and forests and to send him off to retirement in style. This event will take place Thursday, September 27th, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Vegetation Office picnic tables (old El Portal, uphill from the post office). Please bring a dish to share. There is a potluck sign-up sheet to help distribute the dishes at  (A. Demetry)
Wawona Road (South Entrance) Delays Next Tuesday (10/2) and Wednesday(10/3)
A Contractor will be completing asphalt repairs on Wawona Road and Mariposa Grove Road near the South Entrance roundabout next Tuesday and Wednesday with single lane traffic control, so please be patient and schedule additional time when traveling through this area.
Tuesday October 2nd and 3rd (Next Tuesday and Wednesday)
7am to 7pm –  Traffic delays up to 15 minutes  (M. Pieper)
Traffic Data Equipment Installation Date Changes
New Traffic Data Recording Equipment is Currently Being Installed to Replace All of the Existing Traffic Counters in the Park
On September 11, contractors began to replace or rehabilitate all existing traffic counters in Yosemite. The scope of work includes installation of loop vehicle detectors in each lane, trenching and placing wiring in underground conduit along the shoulder of the road, and connections to Automatic Traffic Data Recorders.
Flagging operations and lane closures may be required. Lanes may be closed for up to three hours. Please watch for flaggers and traffic cones in work zones. 
Short traffic delays may be anticipated as work crews proceed with excavation and construction on the shoulder of the road and in the roadway. Motorists can 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 Sundayafternoon. 
Location                         Dates             Time                               Traffic Control
Tioga and Big Oak        9/19-9/28           9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Flat Roads                                                                                  (one-lane road)       
Wawona and Glacier     9/29-10/1          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)
Fire Update September 27th, 2018
There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Wildfires when caused by lightning are a natural phenomenon on the landscape. Fire managers work to restore healthy forests and reduce the threat of extensive, severe fire by allowing some lightning-ignited wildfires to burn. 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: Indian     Date: 9/27/18
Discovery Date: 9/4/18     Location: Near Porcupine Camp Ground, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size:  102 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor                    Cause: Lightning
Predominate growth is on the north and west flanks of the fire, fire behavior is creeping and smoldering with pockets of condensed heat in heavy dead and down fuels. This fire is surrounded by many natural barriers and rock bands. Fire crews are monitoring daily with easy access off the Tioga road.
Fire crews will be working along Tioga road as the fire backs down towards the road. There may be smoke impacts to Porcupine Campground and Yosemite Valley at night and in the morning when smoke settles in low areas. There will also be smoke impacts to Tioga road, we urge motorists to follow all posted signs and use caution when driving in the area.
Fire Name: Rancheria    Date: 9/27/18
Discovery Date: 9/8/18     Location: North end of Rancheria Mountain, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 41 acres                       Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor.                      Cause: Lightning
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 will continue to assess impacts to trails.
Fire Name: Unicorn     Date: 9/27/18
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.       Cause: Lightning
The Fire is at 9500 feet in elevation. Smoke may be visible from Tuolumne meadows.
Fire Name: Pinnacles     Date: 9/27/18
Discovery Date: 9/8/18     Location: Near Clouds Rest, Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 1/10th acre                       Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor       Cause: Lightning
This is a high elevation fire with low spread potential, burning near areas of granite and rock outcroppings.
Fire Name: Rafferty     Date: 9/27/18
Discovery Date: 9/21/18     Location: Near Ireland Lake, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 1/10th acre                       Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor       Cause: Lightning
This is a high elevation fire with low spread potential, burning near areas of granite and rock outcroppings
For more information:
Yosemite National Park Fire Updates Page:
Yosemite Fire and Aviation Facebook: @YosemiteFire
Yosemite Fire and Aviation Twitter:@YosemiteFire
Fire Informaiton:
For general park information: 209-379-0200  (S. Saunders)
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_______________________ Change Over October 1
On October 1st, the management of will change over to a new contract and company, Booz, Allen, Hamilton (BAH). Between October 1st and 10AM on October 5th, no one, not even the BAH customer service center, will be able to use to make or alter reservations. Any availability during that time will be handled locally at each campground operation. The processing of cancellations, early departures, or any other reservation alteration will be delayed until October 5th. Please refer questions about reservations to the appropriate campground office: Valley 372-8502, Wawona 375-9535, Mather 379-2123. (E. Bissmeyer)
Wetland Restoration At Demolished Art Activity Center
Revegetation 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 ~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)
Scenic Vista Management at Bridalveil Meadow
Scenic Vista Management at Bridalveil (Roosevelt) Meadow resumes to restore the historic scenic vista, Valley View. This view of Leaning Tower, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, El Capitan and Ribbon Fall can be found on the tail side of the 2010 America the Beautiful quarter. The view has been obscured by conifers encroaching the meadow and black oak woodland. Thanks to Yosemite Conservancy support, crews will be removing select encroaching conifers to restore this iconic American landscape.  (G. Dickman)
Hoist Training October 2nd & 3rd
The Yosemite Helicopter Rescue Team will be conducting annual high angle hoist training in El Capitan Meadow on Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. Traffic control will be in place on El Cap straight, and the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral will be closed to climbing for the duration of the training.  (K. Kirschner)
Camp 4 Update
Camp 4 will be switching to self-registration starting Monday, October 1st.  Hopeful campers should still go directly to Camp 4 to check for an available spot, and self-register at the Camp 4 kiosk following the posted instructions. No more than 6 people are allowed per campsite. No pets allowed in Camp 4.
Typically Camp 4 remains staffed with a ranger through mid-November. Unfortunately, the Valley campground team does not have sufficient staffing to do so this year. Campground rangers will rove Camp 4 as much as possible. Thanks!  (S. Montroy)
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Host Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Yosemite News Release September 21, 2018
Winning submissions of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest will be on Exhibit  
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery are proud to honor the winners of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest at a special award ceremony beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in front of The Ansel Adams Gallery. Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery would like to thank Yosemite Conservancy for their generous support of this special program and our local students.
This year, Yosemite National Park received over 200 submissions from students in our local gateway communities. The artwork and poetry received was divided into categories and by grade level. All submissions were judged and the winning submissions were selected by a combination of park staff and park partners. All winning student artwork and poetry will be on display in The Ansel Adams Gallery on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
This contest is a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades TK-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. This year the contest featured artwork from a record number of gateway communities including Bass Lake Joint Union, Big Oak Flat Groveland Unified, Bishop Unified, Chawanakee Unified, Eastern Sierra Unified, Mammoth Unified, Mariposa County Unified, Raymond-Knowles Union, the districts of Tuolumne County, Yosemite Unified and Sonora Area Schools.
The winners of the 2018 Gateway Expressions Student Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest are: 
TK Art:
1st Place: Miles Latham, Yosemite Valley Elementary 
2nd Place: Weston Helling,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
3rd Place: Nizhani Atwell,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
Honorable Mention: Finn Davenport
Kindergarten-1st Grade Art:
1st Place: Emma Esquivel, El Portal Elementary Schook
2nd Place:  Sierra Harrington,  Yosemite Valley Elementary & Noah Cram, Coarsegold Elementary School
3rd Place: Nollie Buskeness,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
Honorable Mention: Harper Klarcyk,  Yosemite Valley Elementary 
Honorable Mention: Annin Leahy,  Yosemite Valley Elementary  
Honorable Mention: Sadie Hinson, Lee Vining Elementary School
2nd-3rd Grade Art:
1st Place: Evelyn Carter, El Portal Elementary School
2nd Place: James Stenberg, Coarsegold Elementary School
3rd Place: Safia Guadagni,  Yosemite Valley Elementary  & Ember Eilts, Lee Vining Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Karessa Ruaisab-Smith,  Yosemite Valley Elementary  
Honorable Mention:  Tyler Ruffner, El Portal Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Whitney Marcis, El Portal Elementary School
4th-5th Grade Art:
1st Place: Leyla Vega, Belleview Elementary School
2nd Place: Ella Ruth Reynolds, Yosemite Valley Elementary
3rd Place: Kiera Kjer, Belleview Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Morgan Imrie, Sierra Foothill Charter School
Honorable Mention:  Darragh Duffy, Sierra Foothill Charter School
6th-8th Grade Art:
1st Place: Dahlia Lane Munoz, Yosemite Valley Elementary
2nd Place: Presley Nash, Mammoth Middle School
3rd Place: Celianna Lee, Sierra Foothill Charter School
Honorable Mention: Vida Orozco, Mammoth Middle School
Honorable Mention: Gabriela Morris, Yosemite Valley Elementary  
Honorable Mention: Tadd Sexton, Sierra Foothill Charter School
9th-12th Grade Art:
1st Place: Cedar Dobson, Yosemite High School
2nd Place: Amanda Gutierrez, Yosemite High School
3rd Place: Kaitlyn Fisher, Yosemite High School
Honorable Mention: Clover Cicoletti, Yosemite High School
Honorable Mention:  Gianna Tawney, Tioga High School
Wild and Scenic River Act Anniversary Award:
1st Place: Sadie Henderson, Rivergold Elementary School
2nd Place: Rylie Mitchell, El Portal Elementary School
3rd Place: Sophie Petrelli, Coarsegold Elementary
Honorable Mention: Gregory O'Cana, Coarsegold Elementary School
Honorable Mention:  Cooper Deglomine, El Portal Elementary School
Honorable Mention:  Cache Ripple, El Portal Elementary School
Group Art:
1st Place: Coarsegold Elementary School, Ms. Tashjian's Class
2nd Place: Belleview Elementary School, Izibella Reyes & Alvyvia Cromwell
3rd Place: Spring Valley Elementary School, Mrs. McGrew's Class
Photography 4th-5th:
1st Place: Russell Shaw, Oakhurst Elementary School
2nd Place: Grayson Ryan Shaw, Oakhurst Elementary School
Photography 6th-8th:
1st Place:  Gabriella R. Shaw, Oak Creek Intermediate School
2nd Place: Erika Ayers, Lake Don Pedro Elementary School
3rd Place: Jaeyahna Bolar, Sierra Foothill Charter School
Gateway Award:
1st Place: Connor Eastwood, Sierra Foothill Charter School
2nd Place: Zane Baumann, Sierra Foothill Charter School
3rd Place: Kazuki Okamoto, Mammoth High School
Honorable Mention: Gregory Bribiesca, Mammoth Middle School
Honorable Mention: 
Jude Johnson, Yosemite Valley School
Special Awards:
Ansel Adams Award: Lyle Laurence, Mammoth High School
Yosemite Award: Bekah Fickling  (J. Richards)
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)