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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 2nd, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2018
 
Today: Sunny. Highs 80 to 85 at 5000 feet...67 to 73 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 54 to 63 at 5000 feet...45 to 53 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds around 25 mph in the evening.
Friday: Sunny. Highs 76 to 82 at 5000 feet...65 to 71 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
No new submissions for today.
 
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RECENT NEWS
Trail Blasting and Periodic Closures 7/10 and 7/11
Trail Crew is planning to blast a rock slide in Pate Valley the week of July 9th.  There will be periodic trail closures between Pate Valley and Muir Gorge on Tuesday, July 10th, and possibly Wednesday, July 11th. There will also be some noise expected in the area.  (G. Torres) 
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Research Library Closed 7/3-7/8
The Research Library will be closed beginning Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and re-open on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the regular time. 
 
For assistance from the Museum Branch, please consult this page for contact information:  https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm.  (V. Sanchez)
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Bridalveil Creek Now Open
Bridalveil Creek Campground opened Sunday, July 1st. Bridalveil is first come, first served and is $18 per night for family sites.
 
Bridalveil Creek's three horse camp sites will not be opening at this time due to hazard tree removal. An opening date for horse camps will be announced as soon as they are habitable. Horse camp sites are only available by calling the reservation center at 1-877-444-6777.
 
Bridalveil Creek's two group camps are reservation only and will not open until July 3rd. Reservations for the group camps were released for booking on Monday, July 2nd at 7AM Pacific time for the time period July 3rd through the night of July 14th. Reservations for July 15th and beyond have already been released during regular booking windows. Reservations may be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
 
Please call 209-372-0266 for current campground status.  (E. Bissmeyer)
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Lions Fire Update 6-29-18  Forest Service News Release
Portions of the Lions Fire have burned into areas where the vegetation is less dense and the fire has slowed its progression, though areas of dense fuel remains in the fire’s path. It is now 3,107 acres, having gained just 100 acres since yesterday. Winds are expected to shift to the northeast today and tonight, and may be gusty at times. Crews will continue working on building and securing containment lines primarily along the east edge of the fire, south of Summit Meadow, and the southwest edge where it abuts the previously burned area of the Butte Fire. The southeastern edge of the fire is in rugged, inaccessible terrain that rises above the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and will be secured using aircraft.
 
The lightning caused fire was detected in early June and is currently burning in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It is located primarily in the Stairway Creek drainage, north and west of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.
 
All recreational services and areas are open in and around Mammoth Lakes. Shuttle service to Devils Postpile National Monument is running and trails there remain open. The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail are open at this time. Smoke may be present in some places, though concentrations will vary. The following lateral trails leading into the fire area will be closed in the near future: Sierra NF: 26E01 (Mammoth Trail) to the Inyo NF Boundary, 26E56, 26E14, and 2646 from the Inyo NF boundary. Inyo NF trail closures include 26E01 from the Sierra NF to 2601 junction, and 2601 from the boundary of the Inyo NF and Devils Postpile National Monument (King Creek Trail).
 
Wildland fire is an integral and necessary part of maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the Sierra Nevada. Fire serves to naturally remove the accumulation of excess wildfire fuel. The Lions Fire will also help diminish the risk of larger, more severe fires in the future. The fire is currently staffed by 352 people, including seven handcrews and seven helicopters. The handcrews are remaining overnight at spike camps around the fire’s perimeter and are being supplied via mules and helicopters.
 
Air quality and smoke forecasts are available at 
 
For more information about smoke conditions in the area, visit webcams at www.mammothmountain.com and the alert tab at nps.gov/DEPO
 
For more information, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/ or call 760-582-5203.  (S. Saunders)
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Trailer for Rent
Cozy travel trailer in beautiful setting with animals. Travel trailer available to single, responsible renter $450/month plus electric. Reduction in rent possible for right person in exchange for pet sitting. Owner has private setting in Bootjack with many animals. Not suitable for someone with allergies. Washing machine and Satellite TV included. Well behaved pets would be welcome.  Email to submit application to rent. Renter must have job or income verification and references.  No smoking drinking or loud noise. Quiet senior would be welcome. Contact rfmudflap@gmail.com.  (R. Fruehauf)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Merced River Plan Restoration Implementation 
Wetland restoration at the Art Activity Center began June 26th and will continue through the end of July. This project returns 0.8 acres of what was the former Art Activity Center into a seasonal wetland. Crews will be shaping the wetland area, planting native plants, and replacing the construction fencing with split rail fencing.
 
Riverbank restoration at Sentinel Meadow Boardwalk began June 25th and will continue through mid-July. Workers will add fences to protect unstable riverbanks, protect vegetation and define a viewing area of Yosemite Falls. Crews will also plant native plants over 900 square feet of trampled vegetation. Portions of the boardwalk will be intermittently closed for repair and for visitor safety during fence construction.  (G. Dickman)