Yosemite Medical Clinic Summer Hours
Beginning Monday, July 2, Yosemite Medical Clinic will be open seven days per week, from 9:00 AM till 7:00 PM. Walk in patients will be accepted until 6:30 PM.
Due to staffing limitations, the Clinic will be without X-ray capability from time to time this summer.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 209-372-4637. (C. Griffin)
Lions Fire Update 6-26-18- Forest Service NewsRelease
The Lions Fire is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and has grown to 2959 acres. Ignited by a lightning strike that was detected in early June, the fire is burning in rugged terrain primarily in the Stairway Creek drainage, north and west of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.
Fire activity moderated in recent days as the fire reached previously burned areas, including the 2017 Butte Fire footprint to the west, and the 1992 Rainbow Fire footprint to the east. Yesterday’s firefighting efforts were focused on the southwest side of the fire, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, and the northeast side, near Summit Meadow.
A community meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, 2510 Main St, at 6:00 pm. Interested members of the public and media are encouraged to attend. Fire management staff will be present to answer questions.
All lodging and recreational services are open in Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile National Monument. The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail are open at this time. 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).
Fire plays an essential role in maintaining forest health. The Lions Fire is reducing heavy fuel loads in areas with no recent fire history, which promotes forest resiliency and reduces drought stress. The fire is currently staffed by 266 people, including seven crews of firefighters and eight helicopters. Aircraft is providing logistical support to firefighters and cooling hot spots near fireline construction.
For more information, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/ or call 760-582-5203. (S. Saunders)
Clovis, CA. June 24, 2018 – The Lions Fire started on the Sierra National Forest around June 1st as a lightning strike, and is burning near the Lion Point area in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It crossed onto the Inyo National Forest on June 22 and is now being co-managed by both the Sierra and the Inyo National Forests. Due to strong winds the evening of June 24 of 20-30 mph, the fire spread to the south and west and is now about 1000 acres, 7 miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes.
The fire is burning at 6000-8000’ elevation in red fir with some growth to the southeast. Large areas of standing dead and down timber are within and surroundin the burning area. There is no present threat to structures or public safety.
The fire will be managed for multiple resource and protection objectives including suppression, air quality, firefighter safety and hazardous vegetation reduction. Because the fire is burning in designated wilderness, fire officials will be using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics), such as using natural barriers for containment lines and minimizing mechanical disturbance with chainsaws or aircraft.
To maximize daylight work time, crews are camping near the fire and consist of four Type I hotshot crews and a Wildland Fire Module.
The communities near the fire can expect smoke impacts in varying degrees for the next two- three weeks. Air quality and smoke forecasts will be available as the incident progresses.
For more information, see Lions Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/ or 760-582-5203. (S. Saunders)
Independence Day Fire Safety
Independence Day is just around the corner and Yosemite Fire and Aviation wants to remind residents and visitors to be extra careful with fire by following a few guidelines:
– Always make sure your campfire is dead out before leaving
– Follow all posted signs and restrictions
– Celebrate Independence Day safely and joyfully