Daily Report – Yosemite National Park Friday, October 13, 2023

Daily Report – Yosemite National Park
Friday, October 13, 2023

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Partly sunny. Highs 47 to 61. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 31 to 43. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph after midnight.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Highs 48 to 62. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph decreasing to 35 mph in the afternoon.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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RECENT NEWS

The Daily Report Technical Difficulties
The Daily Report is experiencing technical difficulties with sending to personal email addresses. We are working to resolve the issue with IT. Thank you for your patience. (S. Miyako)

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Thursday October 12 Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Operations Transition

Starting Thursday October 12th, NPS rangers will be at an information station just outside the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. This is in preparation for the transition of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center lobby to a new exhibit space, as well as the eventual opening of the new Welcome Center.

The Yosemite Theater will continue its regular schedule of The Spirit of Yosemite playing on the half hour starting at 9:30am, with the last show at 4pm.

The Yosemite Conservancy store will be accessible from the side door to the left of main doors through the process. (S. Miyako)

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End of season for visitor services at Big Oak Flat Information Station
The last day that Interpretation will be staffing the Big Oak Flat Information Station is 10/15. Yosemite Conservancy will still be operating the store inside the Big Oak Flat Information Station five days/week, closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, until further notice. (S. Montroy)
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Road work on Wawona and Glacier Point Road
Park Forestry crews will be working on Hwy 41 Wawona Road South of Chinquapin through the end of October. Crews will also be working along Glacier Point Road intermittently through the end of October. Anticipate 15 minute delays, and please keep speeds slow while traveling through the work zone. Thanks for your patience. (B. See)

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Yosemite Archive Tours
Yosemite Archives will be hosting two upcoming tours for any local person interested in learning more about our program. We will pull materials and discuss the types of collections and how to access them. Tours normally last forty-five minutes. The park archive is located in El Portal. We have caps on how many people we can allow into the archives at a time, so we need folks to RSVP. We typically limit tours to twelve people; no children under sixteen and service dogs only (no pets). When we confirm the reservation, we will send you directions to locate the archives. There will be two tours, please specify which tour you would like to reserve along with the name(s) of the people:

Saturday Oct 21st at 10am.
Saturday Oct 21st at 1pm.

We prefer folks RSVP using our email: yose_archives@nps.gov Or you can call the Archives Office at 209-379-1283. (P. Rogers)
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Lower Pines Closing October 16th

Lower Pines campground will close at noon on Monday, October 16. (E. Bissmeyer)

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Tamarack Flat and Porcupine Flat Closing October 15th

Tamarack Flat and Porcupine Flat campgrounds will close at noon on Sunday, October 15. (E. Bissmeyer)

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Apartment for Rent

700 sqft furnished studio in Midpines. New full kitchen, bathroom, and private laundry. Located on shared 10 acres, attached to main house, unpaved access road, with views of Clark Range, Mariposa, and across the Central Valley. Dogs ok upon approval. Month to month lease; available 10/16. $1050 for one person, $1200 for two; utilities included. Contact Allissa for details – abrush@yosemite.org (A.Brush)
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Burning in Yosemite Valley
Planned ignitions for two units this week. First location is on the south side of northside drive adjacent to El Cap Picnic area. Second location is south side of northside drive just west the “S” curves. We are planning on one day of ignitions for each unit with multiple days of additional burn down time. Additionally, there will be a trail closure in effect for the portion of the Valley Loop trail in Unit 13 which will start east of El Cap Picnic area to Devil’s elbow, we expect this closure to be in effect for 2-3 days. El Cap picnic area will also be closed for one day, Tuesday 10/10. There will be traffic control in place (lane closure) for firefighter safety through the burn unit. (R. Mitchell)
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Seeking Housemate in Midpines

Spacious 2000 sq. ft. house has 1 bedroom available. Large open living room, dining room, and kitchen. Two refrigerators, dishwasher, oven, microwave, dining room table set provided. Electric HVAC, plus wood burning stove. Shared separate laundry room with washer and dryer. Huge deck on 2 sides of the house with views of the Merced River watershed & distant hills. Storage for gear, bikes, etc. Sits on 7+ acres of beautiful rolling hills and trees just off Colorado Road and East Whitlock, 10 min. from Mariposa & 45 min. from El Portal. $525/month if one year lease; $550/mo if mo to mo, plus electric & WiFi. No smokers. Credit check. Email hodges.marcia@gmail.com or call 510-207-5951. (M. Hodges)

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Rental Available in Oakhurst

Spacious two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home for rent in Oakhurst. Available Nov 1. $1,800/month. Skylights, big kitchen, and mountain views on 2 acres! Heating and A/C unit. Woodburning stove with wood included! W/D in unit. 5 min drive to groceries and restaurants, 30 min to South Entrance. Text 202-642-0732 or email adam.wayne.ramsey@gmail.com for more info. (A. Ramsey)

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Sublet available in Mariposa
Adorable private efficiency in a quiet neighborhood, 1mile from YARTS stop. Perfect for a single household at 460 square feet. Furnished and includes stove, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, a/c, laundry room, pool. $500 deposit and $1150/month + utilities. No pets, no smokers. Renter (me!) lives on property in separate area. Email shesanomad@gmail.com (M. McCabe)
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Quarry Fire Update
Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Stanislaus National Forest
Incident Management Team (Type-3)

Fire Statistics:
Location: The Quarry Fire is located on the Stanislaus National Forest, Mi-Wok Ranger District, off Forest Road 3N01, east of Bourland Creek and near the Emigrant Wilderness west of Cherry Creek.

Acres Burned to Date: 6,553
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 41%
Total Personnel: 64

Current Activities: Yesterday, precipitation and cooler temperatures resulted in low fire activity. Hand crews and fire engines were actively patrolling the fires edge and mopping up in areas where heat and smoke were found. There was very little fire growth.

Smoke: The amount of smoke in the air is carefully planned for. Officials are in close alignment with and get approvals from the Tuolumne County Pollution Control District (link) each day to burn. Additionally, firefighters monitoring smoke are staged around the vicinity of the fire to adjust tactics to minimize smoke impacts. To check air quality, visit fire.airnow.gov.

More Information:
INCIWEB – Quarry Fire Info – https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/castf-2023stfquarry-fire
Stanislaus National Forest – Official Website – https://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus
Air Quality Info – http://fire.airnow.gov (S. Lyon)

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ONGOING PROJECTS

Mariposa Grove Road Hazardous Fuel Removal
Tribal crews and contractors are removing hazardous fuels along the Mariposa Grove Road from the South entrance to the lower grove welcome plaza. Removing hazardous fuels in the form of small trees and logs will support fire fighters to implement planned prescribed fires that will ultimately lead to better protection of the Mariposa Grove from high severity fires. Delays up to 15 minutes may be expected. Please slow down and watch for workers along the road. Contact garrett_dickman@nps.gov with any questions. (G. Dickman)

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Valley-wide Continuous Flow Intersection Improvement Project
Construction should be completed by October 15. Work continues at Bus Stop #1 and in the roadway adjacent to Yosemite Village Parking, including a widening of Northside Drive, center median improvements, reconstruction of the bus turnout, finishing the pedestrian walkway at Yosemite Falls, and hydroseeding. Intermittent lane closures can be expected as new signs are installed between the Sentinel Meadow chapel, Curry Village, Yosemite Village, and Yosemite Valley Lodge. Please drive carefully and watch for laborers and equipment on roadways. (J. Donovan)
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Yosemite Valley Shuttle Bus Stop Improvements
The NPS contractor continues site demolition and preparation in Curry Village (Orchard Parking) and at Upper Pines and Lower Pines campground stops on the Happy Isles Loop. Work sites are being prepared for paving. Disruption and delays in traffic circulation are to be expected. The contractor is authorized to conduct traffic control operations Monday through Thursday. This work will continue until mid-December, weather permitting. (J. Donovan)
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Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
The contractor completed installation at the Tuolumne Meadows visitor parking area and is finalizing system connections in Wawona and in Yosemite Valley. Newly installed vehicle chargers are not available until the units can be energized. Until then, EV charging stations are available at Yosemite Valley Lodge, the Ahwahnee Hotel, the Village Store, and in between the El Portal market and gas station. (J. Donovan)

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Ackerson Meadow Restoration Project
The long-planned Ackerson Meadow Restoration Project, on Evergreen Road, is set to begin. Be aware of potential truck traffic in the area between August 14 and October 31.

The project goal is to eliminate excessive soil erosion, slow water loss, and reverse loss of water-loving plants and animals, and impacts to endangered species. To do this, a contractor will completely fill the century-old human-caused erosion gully that is now more than 3 miles long, and up to 14 feet deep by 100 feet wide. Revegetation of the area will be completed using more than 425,000 wetland container plants and 700 pounds of native plant seeds. This project is planned for completion in spring 2025, and is a partnership of American Rivers, Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite Conservancy, and Yosemite National Park. Learn more: https://go.nps.gov/ackerson. For questions, contact tim_kuhn@nps.gov. (T. Kuhn)

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Glacier Point Road Delays

Crews are continuing rehabilitation of the Glacier Point Road between Wawona Road junction (Chinquapin) and Glacier Point. The Crews will be working Monday thru Friday from 6AM to 6PM with alternating one-way traffic control and up to 30-minute delays. Delays should be diminishing as work progresses over the next couple of months; however, please expect delays thru November. Please contact Michael Pieper, with any questions or concerns at (209) 200-1131. (M. Peiper)
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Tioga Road Delays

Crews are continuing to complete intermittent road repairs on the Tioga Road between Tamarack Flat Campground entrance road and Little Blue Slide. Over the next couple of months there will be multiple crews working at various locations along the Tioga Road corridor. The Crews will be working Monday thru Friday, from 6AM to 6PM with alternating one-way traffic control and up to 15-minute delays. These Tioga Road delays will continue thru November. Please contact Michael Pieper, with any questions or concerns at (209) 200-1131. (M. Peiper)
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Construction in Bug and Ranger Camps is underway in Tuolumne Meadows

Several crews are repairing damaged structures and replacing the underground and overhead electric. Please avoid the area unless you are a resident. Any questions, contact Matt Outhier. (M. Outhier)

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Mist Trail Repair July 10th – November 2nd

The Lower Mist Trail – from the John Muir Trail (JMT) junction (just uphill from the Vernal Fall Footbridge) to the top of Vernal Fall – will be closed Monday -Friday between 7:00am and 3:30pm. The trail will be open on Columbus Day.

The trail will remain open on weekends. It is expected to be open overnight, however there may be certain days when trail crew is not able to make it safe to open overnight. In that case, the gates will remain closed, and signs will be posted at the two closure gates that the trail is closed.

Hikers and backpackers headed to Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and points beyond from the trailhead at Happy Isles may hike uphill on the Mist Trail if they reach the Mist Trail/JMT junction by 7:00am, Monday through Friday. Otherwise, they must hike the JMT. (W. Weaver)

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The Merced Grove is Closed for Restoration

Giant sequoias are adapted to frequent, low-intensity fire and depend on fire for reproduction. Frequent fires reduce fire intensity by thinning the forest of small and unhealthy trees and reducing the accumulation of dead branches and trees. But over the past century, fires were suppressed, and drought and insects killed millions of trees in Yosemite. In the Merced Grove, there is limited sequoia regeneration and fuel loading has increased to dangerous levels. Currently, we cannot safely introduce fire without first mechanically removing fuels first. Since 2020, wildfires have killed almost 20% of mature giant sequoias across their range due to extreme fuel loading, and we aim to prevent that outcome in the Merced Grove. Therefore, we are removing small diameter conifers, trees posing a hazard to firefighters and containment lines, and dead and downed wood to reduce wildfire risk to the sequoias and firefighters as preparation for the first prescribed fire in and around the grove. The grove will be closed for 2.5 months during the restoration for visitor and worker safety. Please contact garrett_dickman@nps.gov with questions or for access. (G. Dickman)

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Dispatch Expansion Project
The Dispatch Expansion project is converting most of the El Portal Warehouse lobby into office space for the Emergency Communications (Dispatch) Center. The lobby elevator is off-limits except in case of emergency. The lobby stairs are still blocked off and the rest of the lobby area is closed unless you are involved with the project. Warehouse occupants and visitors need to use alternate means of ingress/egress until the re-construction of the stairs is finished. Do not enter through the RMS building unless you work there. To access the Dispatch office area, follow the signs in through the Trails area door just inside the fence/gate. Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Contact Nicole Belle Isle, Project Manager, for more information. (N. Belle Isle)
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Sugar Pine Floodplain Restoration Through November 10

The Vegetation and Ecological Restoration Branch will be conducting restoration work in the floodplain south of Sugar Pine Bridge from August 14 to November 10. This project will excavate fill from historic channels to reactivate the floodplain, provide habitat for aquatic wildlife and plants, and restore natural hydrology. This project is a recommended action from the Merced Wild and Scenic River Management Plan to mitigate the effects of the historic but undersized Sugar Pine Bridge on the Merced River. Earth moving machinery, including excavators and dump trucks, will be operating in this area. Please ask that the public stay out of this area for their safety. To learn more about Merced River restoration visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/mercedriverrestoration.htm (A. Puchkoff)

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Y8 Fuel Station Down
The Y8 gas station is currently down. For gas needs in the meantime, please call the garage from 8 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week at 209-372-1060 to schedule a fill until further notice. We’ll update when the station is back up and running. (C. Layman)

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Valley Shuttle Construction Impacts

Valley Shuttle stops 19, 4 and 2 are out of service due to construction. (C. Layman)
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Road work on Wawona and Glacier Point Road
Park Forestry crews will be working on Hwy 41 Wawona Road South of Chinquapin through the end of October. Crews will also be working along Glacier Point Road intermittently through the end of October. Anticipate 15 minute delays, and please keep speeds slow while traveling through the work zone. Thanks for your patience. (B. See)

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