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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 30, 2014 - 10:30am PT
Lightning Causes Several Tree Fires

Updated: Wed 4:26 AM, Jul 30, 2014
By: Pat Hambright - Email

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Smoke reported to the west of the Verdi range Tuesday night was apparently from several small single-tree fires in the area, caused by lightning.

RENO. NV - Smoke reported to the west of the Verdi range Tuesday night was apparently from several small single-tree fires in the area, caused by lightning. The fires were quickly extinguished, according to Sierra Front.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:29am PT
Thunderstorms over the N. Sierra from Tahoe North and southern San Joaquin Valley right now.
Some may find this website interesting or even useful.
Or possibly yet another internet time sink
http://www.blitzortung.org/Webpages/index.php?lang=en&page_0=30
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:30am PT
Several small recent fires in Santa Cruz mts and east San Jose area in past ten days seem of suspicious origin.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:57am PT
I hope this monsoon we are getting here on the eastside will make it's way over there......it is PUKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 30, 2014 - 12:02pm PT
building here today as well Crag. Wont be long. Monday night it rained for two hours here.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 30, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
It's been dumping now for nearly 4 hours.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 30, 2014 - 12:07pm PT
Totally dry here on Castle Rock Ridge. Only 0.6" rain since April 6.
Threatened rain on last Fri-Sat-Sun. I watched the distant small curtains of rain evaporate before ever reaching the ground.
At least we didn't get lightning!
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 12:12pm PT
The 4 main fires in this area, Sand, French, El Portal, Dark Hole are all cooling down into the MODIS yellow. At least for now

Credit: MODIS GoogleEarth



All Props to the hardworking fire crews in harms way.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 30, 2014 - 02:06pm PT
Clouds rumbling and rain DUMPING here, flash flood type rains..
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Jul 30, 2014 - 02:27pm PT


yikes, where did el cap go?

sorry to be so Yosemite-centric, but any guesses as to the opening of 120 into the valley? It doesn't seem likely for the weekend.



John M

climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
I woke up this morning to rain drops on my sleeping bag here in Wawona. I was sleeping on a friends porch. I packed up my stuff and then it didn't rain. Guess I should have kept my stuff outside. haha.. Now it is very smokey here.

Would modis be showing that fires cool down at night? Because based on the smoke, things sure seem to be going here.
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
Jul 30, 2014 - 02:59pm PT
I've been monitoring 120 due to a plan to head over to Tuolumne on Thursday. Cal.gov says there's no closure-- is this not accurate?
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
At this time there is no access to Tioga Pass from either Hwy 120 at Crane Flat or Hwy 140 via the Big Oak Flat Rd. Now if you want to get to Tuolumne Mdws by car, Hwy 395 is the only option!
John M

climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
Daphne..

Edit: Boodawg is correct. I just called the park road info line.

wow.. this just changed.

120 is closed from the big oak flat entrance coming from Groveland to highway 140 in the valley. The only access to the meadows is from 395.



Radish

Trad climber
SeKi, California
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:29pm PT
Here's most of the Sierra Fire Lookout Webcams in one look.

http://www.mtdiablocam.com/sierralookouts.htm
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:47pm PT
oh no!
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
Jul 30, 2014 - 04:57pm PT
Supertopo is where I go for my news :)

108 to 395 it is.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 30, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
Conflicting 120 info.
Right now, YNP road conditions
Closed from Big Oak Flat Entrance to Crane Flat (Hodgdon Meadow Campground is accessible from the west)
120 is not open at the Big Oak Flat entrance.

120 IS open via 41/140
ioga Road
(continuation of Highway 120 through the park)
(Information about Highway 120 outside Yosemite)
No access from Hwy 120 from the west (but is accessible via Hwys 41 and 140 from the west)
Expect delays

go figuah
There's construction on 120 at Ellery Lake, east of Tioga Pass with traffic delays.

Best place to keep up to date:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:40pm PT
they might just be moving a lot of assets around crane flat heliport.

got rained on at kennedy meadows today-- yesterday's t-storms were so intense that middle fork (what's left of it) looked like Big Muddy. huge sediment dumps-- if the trout survive, yr not going to want to eat them.

fair bit of smoke from pinecrest to kennedy earlier, but it cleared out a bit as the day went on.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
The current map suggests that the section of road from Crane Flat to 140 (Big Oak Flat Road) has been reopened.
But since the fire perimeter is moving closer, I'm not confident this is true (or stable).

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