Impact of Rim Fire on Facelift?

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Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 28, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
Does anybody here have any thoughts on how the currently ongoing fire will affect Facelift? Those of us who would be coming from the Eastside and out of state will definitely be affected in our travel plans. I may not attend.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 28, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Rodger, how are you planning on getting here to the Facelift? I'll be glad to help with a ride if it's from the W side of the Sierra Nevada, like SFO or Oakland.

As to the impact of the fire, it's hard for me to say. Others among us have more insight into the question, certainly.

Good thing to bring up so far in advance.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 28, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
My plans initially involved flying my own plane into either Mariposa, South Lake Tahoe, or Placerville. I'm trying to make some advance arrangements because I'm only returning from a 3 week climbing trip in the Dolomites on the 23rd of September. I may be too wiped out to want to make another trip that soon, too. Thanks for the offer ^^^, Mouse.

Rodger
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
Well it may burn up all the garbage.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Yeah, if this thing ain't out by the time the Facelift rolls around...
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
I would be up for some tree sapling planting...... though it's probably not allowed in the park???

weather wise - looking good for vacation... not good for the rim fire...No Rain predicted.

http://www.weather.com/weather/monthly/95389?month=1
WTF

climber
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
Who wants to bet this fire is still burning in a month. I will bet its still burning. 100 year old oak trees just don't go out they burn deep inside for a long time. The only thing putting this fire out completely will be winter.

The tax dollars being wasted are huge. Even greater than managing the Forrest from the get go would have cost.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 28, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Rodger, I'd be fine with anything. Mariposa, any nearby airstrip. I bet Pine Mountain Lake might be off-limits, but the rest, wait and see.

Go have fun in the limestone! Envy, envy, envy...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 28, 2013 - 09:16pm PT



Dr. F.

Boulder climber
SoCal

Aug 28, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
It's almost a month away!
if the fire isn't out by then, it will be the worst fire to ever hit CA.

In other words, no worries.






WRONG! Jeez=us Doc.. See "siege of 87"..
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Aug 29, 2013 - 02:44am PT
My boss plane-shares out of Pine Mountain Lake and I know a bit of the airport from him. My opinion is that is is highly likely PML will be open in a month. If it weren't for the increased traffic and smoke I would say you could go there today. There is also Columbia airport, which is supposed to be an exciting landing.

Depending on what the fire does I would think your biggest problem would be avoiding the smoke plume to the north-east, depending on your ratings. If you do fly in I would plan to stay south: Mariposa, Merced, etc...

If you do land in PML I could do pick-up and drop off, timing dependent on work.

-n
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Aug 29, 2013 - 03:38am PT
you should be able to smoke weed without any ranger danger,

Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 29, 2013 - 04:57am PT
^^"you should be able to smoke weed without any ranger danger,"

Wonder how many plant ops went up in smoke so far?
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Caltrans has already replaced damaged guardrails. I'm willing to bet a zucchini or two that:
 120 is open all the way through by next weekend.
 Containment jumps to 50% by Sunday at the latest


Nick, PML is already open.

Info from PML folks on Facebook:
Rim Fire situation at the airport:

· All firefighting aircraft have been removed
· The staging area for fire trucks with restroom facilities and food will be removed today [Wednesday]
· We can monitor the air traffic via radio frequency 134.675 MHz
· The airport is open for landings and take offs
· FAA has temporary airspace flight restrictions in place at this time
· It is recommend that pilots contact one of these agencies for clearance:
1) FAA
2) US Forest Service
3) Air Attack
Valpine

climber
upstate NY
Sep 2, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
This thread is somewhat reassuring.

I have Facelift plans...flying into Reno on 9/24, climbing a few days in the South Tahoe area then driving to the Valley through Tioga Pass/Tuolumne.

I have been trying to decide if I should cancel my flight or decide to go somewhere else.

I figure SuperTopo is the best place to ask as many here have lived through Sierra fires before. Is there a good chance Tioga Road will be open by 9/26? Is there a good chance the Rim fire will be suppressed enough by then that air quality will be less affected? (right now it seems even our Lover's Leap plans are in jeopardy)

Thanks
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 2, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Is there a good chance Tioga Road will be open by 9/26?
There's a good chance.
However, by late September the Park service has no great incentive to keep it open.
It all depends……...
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 2, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
all the news that's fit to print…..and then some
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2206574/Yosemite-Hwy-120-Closed-East-of-Groveland
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Sep 2, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
It would be awesome to hear from Ken J. at this point. I have quite a few folks asking me if Face Lift is still on.

Thanks, Lynne
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 2, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
I expect Ken will post on SuperTopo immediately IF it's off.
I'm assuming it's on.
120 may well be closed for a long time.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Sep 2, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Perhaps this awful incident will put an end to the foolish thoughts of resurrecting the Fire Fall.
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