Yosemite National Park fire managers have re-scheduled a prescribed fire in the Bishop Creek area for early May. The prescribed fire, originally scheduled for the end of April, is postponed because of forecasted rain in the area.
Yosemite is expecting up to one inch of rain throughout the park. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather and moisture levels.
The prescribed fire will be located near the community of Yosemite West in the Bishop Creek area and will include 1,447 acres. The prescribed fire is designed to protect Yosemite West from potential wildfires and reduce surface fuels and ladder fuels. Heavy understory ladder fuels allow surface fires to spread from the ground to tree canopies creating undesirable crown fires, which are fires in the tops of trees.
Ignition will take approximately five days with active burning, and about two weeks to monitor burn down activity. The Wawona Road will remain open during the prescribed fire, however, traffic control may be instituted if conditions require. Firefighters, fire equipment, and smoke may be present on and around the roadway…