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John M

climber
Jul 27, 2014 - 06:53pm PT
So whats the latest on the El Portal fire? Seems like it blew up big and fast and then sort of died. Does anyone know if inciweb has it or cal fire?
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 27, 2014 - 07:00pm PT
I don't have any recent news, John. We were camped in White Wolf, and left early this morning to make sure we could get out to the west. Needless to say, it was a rather long trip back to Fresno.

There was still a lot of smoke this morning, but there seemed to be even more smoke coming from the west of the Park entrance. I'm glad to hear the Dark Hole fire is behaving, because this morning, they were saying in White Wolf that it, too, might be going out of control.

Why was Bridalveil Creek closed? Lack of water, perhaps?

Thanks.

John
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2014 - 07:34pm PT
Information on the El Portal fire has been a little spotty. I managed to get the scanner feed periodically, but it didn't yield much info. The fire is at 2,600 acres and 5% contained. Air activity was fairly constant. It was quite smokey here to the west all day. The Turtleback web cam gives some indication of activity, and it appeared to be dying down in the afternoon but picking up later in the evening... it's very hard to know. Anybody have more definite info?

The Sand Fire is now 3,800 and 50% contained, so probably the tankers we saw were able to hit El Portal more frequently than yesterday.
jogasian

Sport climber
San Jose, CA
Jul 27, 2014 - 10:44pm PT
Not related to any of the fires currently burning but I took this video near the top of North Dome yesterday. It took the chopper barley 10 minutes to arrive after we called it in. It's amazing how accurate these guys are, it was pretty windy!

http://youtu.be/bpeIL7r_eOs
bergbryce

climber
East Bay, CA
Jul 27, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
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is that the right clip? that is some overdone cables route footage. i love the dramatic music only to reach the top and see dozens of other hikers there eating lunch.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 07:15am PT
El Portal perimeter map as of 10:15 last night (via Mariposa Sheriff's Office):

Credit: NPS
Credit: NPS
Credit: khanom
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 28, 2014 - 07:29am PT
Six a.m. today in Merced.
Six a.m. today in Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced
The El Portal fire's pall over the SJV was pretty bad.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Jul 28, 2014 - 09:45am PT
.....

Jason Torlano posted this on fb. Some scary looking fire there in Foresta.



http://vimeo.com/101860346
YosemiteSteve

Trad climber
CA
Jul 28, 2014 - 10:20am PT
Torlano also posted this pic of a burnt Corolla next to the Flying Spur house that he saved in Foresta, with a comment that he was glad the full propane tank didn't blow!
Credit: YosemiteSteve
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 28, 2014 - 10:27am PT
http://www.nps.gov/yose/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
Current shot from Turtleback Dome webcam.
Current shot from Turtleback Dome webcam.
Credit: NPS
http://www.nps.gov/yohttp://www.nps.gov/yose/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Jul 28, 2014 - 10:42am PT
The El Portal fire has grown in extent , especially to the N and NW
The Dark Hole fire is heating up a little on one of its northern flanks.

Credit: MODIS GoogleEarth
WTF

climber
Jul 28, 2014 - 12:35pm PT
El portal fire was started by oak tree falling on a power line.
Burned right up to the backs of houses in town.

Sad news for Forresta it's as if nature hates Forresta. At least this time no one gave an order to burn when it's insane to do such a thing.

Hope all the elportaliens get home safe.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Jul 28, 2014 - 01:40pm PT
This is the MODIS profile for the last couple of hours.
Looks like they've gotten the earlier NW flank down for now , but a section north and west of Foresta is heating up. The wind is shifting around a lot more than yesterday's prediction.
At 2 pm it's out of the wsw at 8 mph. Also the temps are much higher than predicted---but then so is the humidity.

Credit: MODIS GoogleEarth

doughnutnational

Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Jul 28, 2014 - 02:40pm PT
There is a fire burning between rock creek and fish creek campgrounds near North Fork ca. 500+ acres (French fire) . Tankers have been flying over all afternoon and the plume of smoke is visible. It looks like it could rain and I sure hope it does.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 28, 2014 - 02:42pm PT
For the SoYo gang - got a 500 acre and growing fire south of Mammoth Pool Reservoir - Rock Creek and Fish Creek campgrounds are evacuated. Talked to bud of mine on the Bass Lake FD who says Minarets Road will be closed any minute now. But they will be hitting it hard after last years big burn at mammoth Pool itself.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4013/

Edit - ^^^^beat me to it.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jul 28, 2014 - 03:52pm PT
Thanks for the update people. Good thoughts going out to people that are being pushed around by the fires...
Erik
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 04:39pm PT
Nice going Jason.

Man saves house from El Portal fire with rake, chainsaw, a final plea

On Saturday, Jason Torlano, 39, got a call from a friend asking him to help save her ranch from the El Portal fire, which has now burned more than 2,600 acres and is less than 5% contained. The first thing Torlano did was note the wind.

"It was blowing upslope. I figured there was less than an hour till it reached Foresta," he said.
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Jul 28, 2014 - 05:01pm PT
Thanks for that post Khanom.
And Jason Torlano way to go old buddy.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jul 28, 2014 - 05:10pm PT
Saturday, July 26th when I took my tour to Glacier Point there was a week-old fire update posted on an information board which included a map of the fires currently burning in Yosemite, The fires were ignited by lightning by a series of storms during the week of July 16th. On the map those fires are marked with small red fire symbols; some of the firesí names are labeled.

Credit: BooDawg

When we got out to Glacier Point, I could see that the Dark Hole Fire on upper Yosemite Creek had grown considerably in the previous 48 hours; we could even see flames with binoculars. However, I could not get the flames on a picture.

Credit: BooDawg

After leaving Glacier Point, we went down to Yosemite Valley to view the scenic wonders of the Valley. After walking up to the pool beneath Lower Yosemite Fall, we drove down the Valley toward El Capitan where we saw a HUGE smoke plume from somewhere down the canyon. Thus, Ken decided to forego the usual stop near El Capitan Meadow and continue toward El Portal, to decrease the likelihood or being trapped by a possible closure of Hwy 140.

Credit: BooDawg

When we arrived at Yosemite View Lodge, where some of our guests were staying, we could see flames above the hillside and helicopters sucking water from the Merced River and flying over the ridge to deliver their water loads onto the fire out of our sight.

Credit: BooDawg

Credit: BooDawg

Occasionally, the fire would come over the ridge toward Yosemite View Lodge,, but then it would retreat out of our view.

Credit: BooDawg

More photos can be seen here: http://www.yosemitecloseup.com/stories/yosemite-news/
QITNL

climber
Jul 28, 2014 - 06:23pm PT
A long-exposure image shows a fire burning near YNP late Sunday:

#9 in this slideshow:
http://online.wsj.com/articles/photos-of-the-day-july-28-1406576574?mod=wsj_nview_latest#9
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