View Full Version : Rockfall at Yosemite

26-Aug-2009, 17:34

I'm sure they'll have the guests back in their rooms in no time.

John Kasaian
26-Aug-2009, 17:43
Yikes! The Ahwanee bar has the best prices for Heineken & Corona in the Park!

26-Aug-2009, 17:58
Well John, now you have your drink 'on the rocks'. :)

Peter Collins
26-Aug-2009, 19:02
Oh, blueberry, if that pun were a fart, the room would clear....

26-Aug-2009, 19:11
Oh, blueberry, if that pun were a fart, the room would clear....


27-Aug-2009, 18:13
Sheesh, Yosemite's having a tough August...


Eric James
28-Aug-2009, 09:26
I bet that's never happen before...oh wait...Not in Yosemite anyway...oh wait...

At least they've gotten away from calling these fiascos "controlled burns".

28-Aug-2009, 10:02
Geez, at least this problem was man-made, so to speak...


Ah, the National Parks. What a great place to...grow pot?

28-Aug-2009, 10:03
Rockfall update: Guests will be allowed to return to the Ahwahnee at 4:00 PM PDT today. Staff who live in nearby dorms will also be allowed to return.

The Big Meadow Fire is 2200 ac and is 10% contained. Big Oak Flat Road from Crane Flat to the Valley floor is closed. Crane Flat campground and Foresta have been evacuated. Additional fire fighting resources have been ordered.

The fire is burning in brush and dead fuels in the area of the 1990 A-Rock fire. Apparently, the winds went 'out of prescription' soon after the prescribed fire was ignited. Erratic winds caused the fire to spot over a control line, and 'off to the races'.

My wife works in Yosemite and had to be evacuated from her dorm near the Ahwahnee. She said that the smoke from the fire is obnoxious, and ash is falling on the valley floor.

Highway 120 is open to Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass.

A tough August in Yosemite, indeed.


28-Aug-2009, 10:06
Thanks for the update, Preston! I'm glad I'm headed to Seattle.

John Kasaian
29-Aug-2009, 08:14
I hope they were able to save the historic barns at Foresta.

29-Aug-2009, 13:06
I hope so too, John. The Big Meadow barn is really something.

Unfortunately, updates on the fire have been slow in coming. It was 2200+ac yesterday afternoon; with 10% containment. There was minor damage to one residence. No injuries have been reported.

I just looked at the CalFire Situation Report; The Big Meadow fire is listed at 3,506 acres - 30% contained as of 1:00PM PDT today.

The smoke was really bad this morning here in Columbia. Ack!


Robert Budding
29-Aug-2009, 14:13
Yosemite will survive.

John Kasaian
31-Aug-2009, 07:13
Yosemite is great but I also, really like Sequoia Park. Sequoia might just be my favorite park I have visited.
I just love the big trees..

Its funny you should mention Sequoia.
I just read that the rangers found a huge marijuana plantation near Crystal Cavern!

IMHO, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite are all treasures. In the absence of any iconic landmarks such as Half Dome or Morro Rock (or crowds,) I don't think I could tell the difference between them. Elevation provides a greater contrast than the name on the entrance reciept. Being at 10,000' in Yosemite looks a lot like 10,000' in Sequoia.