Yosemite: Hwy 120 Closed East of Groveland

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YosemiteSteve

Trad climber
CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Since the fire started on the opening day of archery season for deer and bear, blame the bow nuts.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Sep 5, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
Bring back Madame Guillotine and public executions as a form of deterrence. We can all sell Veggie Burgers and commemorative postcards to the crowd in the village square.
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
Sep 5, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
Credit: lostinshanghai
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 5, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
The hunter was a Californian.. Blame them.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Sep 6, 2013 - 01:33am PT
so, is 120 open now from the Valley to Tuolumne? This makes it sound that way:

SR 120
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM 3.2 MI EAST OF GROVELAND TO 6 MI WEST OF THE
YOSEMITE NAT'L PARK BOUNDARY (TUOLUMNE CO) - DUE TO A WILD FIRE
 A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

IS CLOSED FROM 3.9 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF US 6 TO THE JCT OF US 6 (MONO CO)
 DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE REPAIRS - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

[YOSEMITE NAT'L PARK]
FOR YOSEMITE NAT'L PARK ROAD INFORMATION CALL 209-372-0200

However the Park website claims different:

Tioga Road (Hwy 120 through the park) is closed from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek Picnic Area
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) is closed from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek Picnic Area. The only access to the Tuolumne Meadows area is via Highway 120 from near Lee Vining.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 6, 2013 - 09:11am PT
weed farmer too careful,
hunter no good, crap in hole, leave paper all over the bushes,

start fire to roast weeny,

fire get out of control quick,

cost big money,

hunter in trouble,

next time hunter buy Spam at super market, save money, tax payer happy,

Ikat

Social climber
Carson City
Sep 6, 2013 - 09:30am PT
120 W outside the park and Tioga Pass Road closure still in effect according to Sept 6 am RimFire update:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3660

My guess is that it won't be until middle of next week. Still a lot of backburning going on right along TPR.

Carson City had a merciful, but brief respite from the smoke yesterday and people were joyfull about seeing blue sky and being able to open their windows again. However, that means it's back to hot dry winds and Red Flag warnings for more potential fires.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2013 - 09:36am PT
246,350 acres, 80% contained.

If you haven't checked out the gallery of photos now on Inciweb, it's pretty damned cool: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/photographs/3660/

Last night's update from Yubanet.com:

September 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Fire activity increased within containment lines in unburned portions of the Rim Fire area on Thursday. There was limited spotting of embers across firelines on the fire's northern flank in the area of Clavey Meadow, and on the southern flank along Tioga Road. Firefighters are having success containing these spotfires. Burnout operations along Tioga Road were completed today. Hot and dry weather accompanied by gusty south and southeast winds are expected to persist through the weekend. Tonight's operations will focus on containing the spotfires, improving control lines and closely monitoring fire behavior.

September 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Fire activity increased within the unburned island in the northern portion of the fire area near Clavey River and Bourland Creek, spotting across the existing containment lines and spreading fire north into the area of Clavey Meadow. Firing operations in the SE portion of the fire within Division P were completed from the Q and P division break northeast along Tioga Pass Road for approximately four miles. The Red Cross Shelter at the Tuolumne Fairgrounds closed today.

Remarks: The Evergreen Lodge and associated employee housing, Mather, O-Shaughnessey, and Aspen Valley continue to be evacuated due to a lack of power and ongoing mitigations of hazards caused by the fire. The extremely dry fuels and potential for long-range spotting remain a significant concern for the fire to advance or spot beyond control lines. Approximately 2,490 structures remain threatened in areas near the fire perimeter to the north, south, and southeast portions of the fire. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows is open to residents and businesses only; and, Highway 120 will remain closed at Buck Meadows and beyond. The Cherry Creek Road also remains closed at the junction of Highway 120. Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road continues to be closed. Tioga Road west of Yosemite Creek Picnic Area remains closed. A forest closure order is in effect for locations within and proximate to the fire area.

Observed Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior in Clavey Creek caused spotting into the area of Clavey Meadows in the vicinity of DP-11 and DP-101. Fire continues to creep through duff layer to ignite unburned islands along Evergreen Road. Large diameter fuels continue to consume completely.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Get over the hunter issue.

Hunters are by far not the only people who build fires in the woods during fire restrictions, or build them improperly, or fail to extinguish them properly, or otherwise disregard the regulations and practices that are designed to prevent wildfire.

I'd bet plenty of (non-hunting) users on this forum have done it, too.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Approximately 2,490 structures remain threatened in areas near the fire perimeter to the north, south, and southeast portions of the fire.

There was limited spotting of embers across firelines on the fire's northern flank in the area of Clavey Meadow, and on the southern flank along Tioga Road. Firefighters are having success containing these spotfires.
It ain't over till its over.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
It's so big it would be easy for it to blow up nearly anywhere, particularly on the southern or NE ends.
Climbnc

Trad climber
Carrboro, NC
Sep 6, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Looks like 120 is open


Great news - Highway 120 west of Yosemite and the Big Oak Flat Road reopens today at noon! Yosemite Valley will be accessible. Along with the road, the Big Oak Flat Information Station will also open. The Hodgdon Meadow and Crane Flat Campgrounds remain closed, as do the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias. Additionally, the Tioga Road will remain closed between Crane Flat and 1.5 miles east of White Wolf through this weekend as firing operations continue. View the news release: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parknews/bofreopens13.htm
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Sep 6, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
Wild video:

http://vimeo.com/73310936
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 6, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
Towards the end of that video, the Glacier Point shots. Note how the fire waxes and wanes with the time of day!
TrackerTodd

Mountain climber
CA
Sep 6, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Awesome picture lost! haha
Nkane

Trad climber
San Francisco, USA
Sep 7, 2013 - 03:14am PT
So I just got up to the valley after driving the newly reopened 120. It's hard to tell the extent of the destruction at night, but i think it was less than I feared. Lots of scorch marks but the trees mostly still had their needles. Not the apocalyptic hellscape I was dreading. It'll be easier to see heading back on sunday. Smoke was still heavy.

But what really gave me hope was seeing a little fox scamper across the road right in the middle of the fire zone. Made me think that not all the natural beauty was torched by this thing.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:57am PT
hey there say, khanom...

thanks for the update...

say, i just heard from matt...

?think the phone lines still may not be working, as, he called from
a track phone...


foggy looking, up there at his place, he said...
but he's got some work, at least... very thankful for that...


say:
man oh man, i just hear his more detailed story of getting his horse out:

FIVE mile hike through NIGHT by moonlighT--and THE SKY was clear, at that... poor horse was balking, turned out he had a bit of metal--must have just happened at the start--in his foot... all is well now, though, it was not in a serious-to-do-worse-damage, type depth... whewwwwwwww....


well, keep up posted, khanom, thanks again for sharing...
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
From what little we've had a chance to see so far there are large areas almost completely burned, but also large pockets untouched.

Now up to 253,332 acres but back down to 80% contained. Lots of back burning going on and it has been crazy smokey here in Greeley yesterday and today.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Dang, Khanom... Looks like you're getting smoked pretty badly...

Wunderground.com smoke map, 2013-09-08, 8pm Pacific
Wunderground.com smoke map, 2013-09-08, 8pm Pacific
Credit: The user formerly known as stzzo
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
It's been pretty bad, yup. Never really let up much all day. But it's hard to complain when folks up north have been living with it for weeks.
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