Yosemite's Big Meadow Fire (update)

InciWeb reports the fire is over 7,000 acres and is at 70% containment. There is an interesting image on InceWeb that paints a good picture of what the firefighters are dealing with in terms of terrain and fuels.

I played around with Google Earth and thought these views from above the Valley looking west were pretty amazing. Basically the fire has blocked off the entrance to Yosemite Valley. Though the park remains open the fire has to be choking visitors, park workers and area residents with smoke. What a shame.

Even through digitally enhanced imagery the grand landscape of the Valley represents well. (Click the images)