Pika Fire, Yosemite 7.14.23
Fire Update – PIKA FIRE
Location: Just west of North Dome
Discover date: June 29, 2023
Size: 50 acres
Yosemite Fire crews are using a confine and contain strategy utilizing natural barriers and trails. A confine and contain strategy under favorable conditions allows fire to move naturally across the landscape, providing ecological benefits to plants and wildlife, while also meeting protection objectives to minimize risk to people and infrastructure.
Smoke from the Pika Fire has been impacting Yosemite Valley overnight and into the morning with conditions improving as smoke lifts during the afternoon. Unhealthy conditions were experienced last night and this morning in Yosemite Valley and conditions are expected to be similar tomorrow. Slight impacts may also be observed in the surrounding communities of El Portal and Groveland.
Trail closures went into effect Tuesday evening, impacting short sections of the North Dome Trail and Lehamite Creek Trail.