LAKES FIRE: (37 35.6 x 119 33.6) – approximate 8000 feet elevation – Mariposa County near the Madera County border
The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. This past week, Yosemite Crew 1 personnel hiked into the fire and reported it to be 145 acres. The fire had spread to the area of the 1999 Chil Fire area and was most active on the northeast and south edge of the perimeter.
The Lakes Fire was initially confirmed on July 7, 2016 when Crew 1 personnel responded to reports of smoke in the area. The fire is believed to be a lightning hold over from June 12, 2016. There are no immediate threats to the area.
Lightning fires are a natural occurrence and play a vital role in shaping this fire dependent ecosystem. Each year, lightning strikes may result in multiple fires in Yosemite’s wilderness. By managing these fires for resource benefit, as opposed to suppressing them, we can ensure a healthier, more diverse and natural forest where future fires will burn with less intensity.
Fire Information: email or call 209/372-0480
Update 8/28/16: See http://yosemitearea.com/lakes-fire-prompts-trail-closure-yosemite/