Yosemite: Hwy 120 Closed East of Groveland

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khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 19, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
Just a heads up for those headed to the valley. Caltrans says:

SR 120
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM THE NORTH JCT OF SR 49 TO 7.5 MI EAST OF GROVELAND
(TUOLUMNE CO) - DUE TO A WILD FIRE - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

Inciweb says it's closed from 4 miles east of the ranger danger station to east of Buck Me-adows.

I'd guess the detour is to torture yourself taking Hwy 49 down to Mariposa. Yeah right.

This is almost certainly to move equipment around since the fire should be well away from Hwy 120. Hopefully it's very temporary.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
Update: They are evacuating Buck Meadows and 120 is CLOSED to outbound traffic from YNP.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 19, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Aug 19 2013 3:04PM [52] 61-004 FOREST SVC HAS CLOSED SR120 AT THIS TIME BECAUSE THE FIRE HAS JUMPED SR120 JWO BUCK MEADOWS
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:07pm PT

There's a sign on the highway and a plaque at the Rim of the World overlook, naming this section of 120 the "Eva Marie Schicke memorial highway".
This video describes the 2004 accident where she died - the location was close to where the current fire is.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
Did this fire start yesterday afternoon. I thought I saw a distinct column of smoke driving out north of town around 2:00 or so. Then I wwnt to where I could take a shot of it and the T clouds swallowed it and I could not see it again.

My eyes may have played tricks with me, but I know a smoke column when I see it.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Well ok then. I was thinking "no way it'll cross the Tuolumne River"...

Now that it's on our side of 120 it's time to be, um, moderately concerned.

Mouse, this started Saturday 3pm ish
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Got turned around there
Fire near Bucks Meadow
Fire near Bucks Meadow
Credit: SCseagoat
8/19/2013 highway 120
8/19/2013 highway 120
Credit: SCseagoat
Monday afternoon hwy 120
Monday afternoon hwy 120
Credit: SCseagoat

Came over Sonora Pass. Currently in Bridgeport

Susan
PopLockeAndDropIt

Gym climber
Hialeah, FLORIDA
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
What's air quality like in the Valley? Meadows? Any impact so far?
klk

Trad climber
cali
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
bummer, dude.



abrams

Sport climber
Aug 19, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Imagine a bunch of that giant mutant manzanita is burning there.
Nearly as bad as the smoke from coastal range fires. Aaaack!

Credit: abrams




khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Just read that "some structures" have been lost. Hoping for the best.
We are about 7 miles away and the wind is taking it away from us.

Winds are generally from the SW so Tuolumne air quality will definitely suffer. Probably not so much the valley.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Aug 19, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
hooch farmers start this one?
QITNL

climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 03:46am PT
Bump since I would have been home a couple of hours earlier tonight had I known. Didn't find out until the Tioga Pass gate, no warnings, nothing on the radio, nada. I opted for SPH 108, it was looking pretty smokey to the south.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Almost 11,000 acres. Hwy 120 is still closed.

Seems like they saved the restaurant, but some structures up Packard Canyon were lost. Main progress on the south side of 120 is up Pilot Ridge to the SE. But I'm guessing this has the potential to continue along 120 and even threaten Evergreen Lodge.

We have friends who live about 1/2 mile from the western edge of the fire at 120/Ferretti Rd. We're hoping they can contain it at least at Ferretti


See http://www.inciweb.org/incident/maps/3660/ for full map
See http://www.inciweb.org/incident/maps/3660/ for full map
Credit: khanom
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 20, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
October 5, 1988: "Patsy Hamm will always remember the day the Smith Peak Forest Lookout burned to the ground.
The lookout burned Aug. 31, 1987, in the Stanislaus Complex Fires that destroyed 147,095 acres in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. A wood frame building atop a metal two-story tower, the lookout burned within a couple hours of when Hamm abandoned it about 1 p.m.
Now, rising like a Phoenix out of the ashes, the lookout has been rebuilt and is nearly ready for use again in the Groveland Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest." (Merced Sun-Star)

This is the fire I remember. Jeff was photographed as a long-haired evacuee on the porch of the Buck Meadows store and it was published in the local firestarter.

Credit: mouse from merced

Smith Peak:Groveland Ranger District, 3,877' elevation.y 1910, Smith Peak, two miles from the Groveland Ranger Station, was used as a fire lookout. Smith Peak was selected as an administrative site in 1931, and soon after a wooden lookout tower was built. In 1952, a metal lookout tower was constructed, along with a garage. The tower burned down in the 1987 Stanislaus Complex Fire, and was replaced in 1988. Smith Peak is used every summer as one of the two staffed fire lookouts on the Groveland District. Photo: 1943.

Then there was the complex fire which came down to the back doors of El Portal in the next few years.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 20, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
hooch farmers start this one?
they haven't reported a cause.

Crap. This is the third big fire I can think of at Buck Meadows in the last 20 years or so. Not a good place to put down stakes.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Aug 20, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
I wonder if they'll have to cancel Strawberry. Wouldn't be the first time.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Aug 20, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
man, i hope the moisture beats out the lightning.

wind out of the sw, it could make a long run up the clavey.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 20, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
hey there say, timid... oops, i just posted about the fire... and now just saw this...

say, where is my brother matt? how is his place, have you heard?
thanks for any info...

will be in a bit, i am late to start chores around here...

god bless... hugs to you and nita...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 20, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
Neebs the reports say two houses and five out buildings have burned on Packer canyon rd, thus far the only casualties..Structures are threatened along Ferretti road as well.
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