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Yosemite DNC Fire On Duty (photo essay)

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Yosemite DNC Fire Captains Giles and Rosenbloom stand ready for an incoming medevac chopper.

Windy May Drying Out the Golden State, High Sierra's Snow Packed

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Persistent, strong spring winds have been drying taller and heavier than usual grasses and lowland brush in California.  El Nino rains brought tall grass and thicker than normal brush to California and the West.

Yosemite and Sierra's Blanketed in Heavy Snow (images)

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Yosemite National Park and the entire Sierra Nevada range is covered in feet of snow. This snowpack is important for the state water supply and will have an impact on the coming fire season.

BBC Sounds the Fire Alarm In Yosemite…..In 2050

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….the BBC says Yosemite National Park will burn and we can expect a 20% increase in fire activity in Yosemite by 2050

Yosemite's Big Meadow Fire (update)

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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 […]

Yosemite Fire: Prescribed Burn Gone Bad

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……and the idea was poorly thought out from the start. Middle of Summer, heat wave forecast. What could go wrong? It is called the Big Meadow Fire burning in the Foresta area. Wildland Fire guys are updating details. National Parks Traveler has some information as well. Planning prescribed fires in Yosemite in the Summer is […]

Family Drive

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My wife and I took our youngest son on an overnight trip from our home in Fresno to see Mono Lake. Consistent with this Summer’s theme we limited the trip to one night away. We have taken several over night trips this year instead of one big vacation. We left Fresno at 7:00 am Sunday […]