Burning since July 13 and spreading to almost 97,000 acres, the Ferguson Fire is now 100 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. Firefighters will continue to patrol, mop up and repair fire lines. During the heat of the day, some interior islands of unburned vegetation will continue to ignite, but they are not a threat to containment lines. Resources continue to assess and remove hazard trees along roads, especially on the Wawona Road between Chinquapin and Tunnel View. The Wawona Road is expected to open on Friday, August 24, at 8 a.m.
urned Area Recovery: There are three phases of recovery following wildfires: Fire Suppression Repair, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) and Long-Term Recovery and Restoration. The Fire Suppression repair is currently ongoing with the repair of hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails and safety zones used during fire suppression efforts.
The BAER team is on site doing an assessment of burned areas in order to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on public lands. Based on the assessment, corrective actions are proposed to protect fire damaged areas. The final phase of recovery is Long-Term Recovery and Restoration which utilizes non-emergency actions to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally.
Air quality in surrounding communities and Yosemite Village has been good to moderate for the past three days and is expected to continue unless impacted by other wildfires burning in the area. More detailed information can be found here.
Visitors to the area should be mindful of posted speed limits when driving and watch out for firefighters, equipment, and road construction delays. For information regarding Yosemite Park call (209) 372-0200 or visit the Yosemite National Park website for current park conditions. To determine how smoke is affecting visual quality in Yosemite, visit the following link to view several webcams that provide panoramic views of the park.
Road/Trail Closures and Restrictions:
• Wawona Road from Wawona to Tunnel View (Residents, Visitors with reservations and Contractors only to
• Glacier Point Road
• Pohono Trail along the south rim of Yosemite Valley is closed at Tunnel View
U.S. Forest Service: A closure order is in effect for Groveland Ranger District near the Ferguson Fire on the Stanislaus National Forest. Areas of the Sierra National Forest affected by the Ferguson fire are also closed. The closure order can be found at the Sierra National Forest website.