Meadow Fire Update

In Fire

Fire Statistics:

Acres Burned: 4,532
Containment: 10%
Fire Start Date: July 19, 2014
Fire Discovered: 8/15/14
Fire Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 407
Injuries: 0
Cost to date: $941,000

Trail Closures:

Echo Creek Drainage to Little Yosemite Valley
Sunrise Creek Drainage to Little Yosemite Valley
Merced River Corridor to Merced Lake Ranger Station
Sunrise Trail to Clouds Rest from Tenaya Lake

Last night’s infrared flight showed significant heat around the north and southeast areas of the fire. Due todays increased temperatures and low relative humidity, spots outside the current fires perimeter are expected to flare. Fire crews may see individual or group tree torching.

Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, some fire crews are being flown into the area by helicopter. Air resources, including seven helicopters are being utilized along the fire-line to slow the forward progress of the fire and to cool down hot spots. Due to the potential fire growth and extensive amount of work which remains, a high commitment of resources will be required.

(via NPS)

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