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yosemite Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

yosemite Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
 
Today: Sunny. Highs 49 to 54 at 5000 feet...38 to 46 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph in the morning. Gusts up to 40 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 32 to 40 at 5000 feet...23 to 31 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 52 to 57 at 5000 feet...42 to 48 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY 
 
Yosemite Christmas Bird Count  Sunday, December 16
The 87th annual Yosemite Christmas Bird Count is this Sunday! The bird count is a free, all-day event, and is part of a National Audubon Society effort started in 1900 to census and celebrate birds during the holidays. Participants are assigned to a zone with a leader who is an expert at identifying birds and the goal is to identify and count as many birds as possible, and to have as much fun as possible! Participants will start shortly after dawn and continue until around 5 p.m. If you wish to participate, please contact Sarah Stock by email at sarah_stock@nps.gov by the end of the day today (Wednesday) so she can plan your zone assignment.  (S. Stock)
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2018 Yosemite Residential Pile Burning
Recent changes in weather have prompted Yosemite National Park Fire Management to allow residential pile burning. Residential burning will be allowed on permissible burn days. Prior to burning, residents must verify burn day status through the Mariposa County Information Line at 209-966-1200. Notification of burning must then be made to the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center at 209-379-1999. A black roll-off open top dumpster for leaf disposal has also been provided in the residential area of Oak Lane.
 
While cooler temperatures have helped diminish the threat of wildfire, property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting burns, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto other property. Safe residential pile burning is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. Please reference 2018 Yosemite Superintendent’s Compendium - change on page 27 which allows for residential burning to include Yosemite Valley.
 
Burn pile requirements:
- Maximum pile size is 4 foot in diameter.
- Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10 feet of the outer edge of burn pile.
- An adult must remain in attendance with a shovel until the fire is dead out.
- Keep 5 gallons water supply or a charged hose at the burning site.
- No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe. 
- No burning shall be undertaken when wind speeds or gusts in excess of 5 MPH are present or forecast.
- Burn small branches and leaf vegetation debris only.
- To reduce smoke impacts, burn dry vegetation during daylight hours
 
If you have any questions regarding residential burning, please contact your local fire station.
Station 1 – El Portal Station Captain Freitas 379-1903
Station 2 – Wawona Station Captain Bevington at 375-9515
Station 3 – Yosemite Valley Station Captain Ludwig at 372-0416
Prevention Specialist Blake Scott 379-1852  (K. Martin)
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Help Needed At Entrances (NPS Staff Only)
As the holidays approach you all know how busy the entrance gates can be. Would you like to help out, learn some new skills (or refresh old ones) and be part of the super cool and fun Arch Rock or South Entrance team?! 
 
Entrance station teams are looking for splitters to work approximately 10am-2pm every day from 12/22/18-1/1/19. The splitter is the very important ranger that stands on the road and splits cars into paid and not paid lanes, answers questions, talks about chain control, gives out park publications and generally is the first line of defense in keeping the line entering the park moving. You will not be handling money.
 
A sense of fun, a uniform, knowledge of the park and willingness to talk on the radio using the common channel are required.
 
Training will be provided ahead of time if you can stop by for an hour at your convenience between 12/10 and 12/21.  
 
Supervisors, please consider lending someone during their normal work shift.
Employees, please consider working overtime paid by BRM on your day off.
 
Contact Rebecca or Valerie as soon as possible if you are interested! 
Rebecca_Lund@nps.gov or 379-2210 for Arch Rock; Valerie_James@nps.gov or 375-9532  for South Entrance.  (R. Lund)
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
Welcome Andy
Andy Ray arrived this week to begin a two-month detail with the Vegetation and Ecological Restoration branch, assisting with Merced River Plan ecological restoration planning and assessment. Andy is an aquatic ecologist for the Greater Yellowstone Network running their long-term wetland and amphibian monitoring program. He can be reached at andrew_ray@nps.gov and 379-3290. Welcome, Andy!  (A. Demetry) 
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Pile Burning Planned In Yosemite Valley
Now that there has been some precipitation, Fire Management plans to ignite piles in Yosemite Valley. Pile burning could start as early as Monday, December 10th, and continue until the end of the year. Burning these piles of woody debris will help clean up the forest floor and aid in minimizing the risk of a high-intensity wildfire occurring in the future.  (J. Peach)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Work To Continue On Highway 140 through 12/14
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on eastbound and westbound State Route 140 (SR-140) from the Merced-Mariposa County line to Yosemite National Park. A striping operation will involve the use of one-way traffic management from the Merced/Mariposa County line to Indian Flat Campground beginning Monday December 10th, ending Friday December 14th, from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Furthermore, slope stabilization and cleaning operations require one-way traffic management between Slate Gulch and the park boundary beginning Monday December 10th, and continuing through Friday December 14th, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
 
Motorists should expect 15 minute delays. Work is scheduled to begin as advised, but is also subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and construction related issues.  (J. Donovan)
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Wawona Road Delays
Weather permitting, starting Monday, December 10th, crews will begin repairing the Wawona Road within the Ferguson Fire burn area (Between the Rostrum and Chinquapin).  As part of the repairs there will be single lane traffic control with up to 30-minute delays, so please be patient and schedule additional time when traveling through this area. This work will continue through the end of January.
 
Work Schedule and Delays Starting December 10th: 
Monday through Friday
7am to 5pm –  Traffic delays up to 30 minutes (Hopefully, the delays will be less because crews are trying to keep alternating traffic moving thru the construction zone, however please plan on the 30-minute delays for the travel time)
 
No weekend or night work is scheduled at this time.  (M. Pieper)