The prescribed fire at Ahwahnee Meadow concluded today; a total of 62 acres were successfully completed. Smoke will be present in the area during the next two to four days; fire resources will remain in the area to monitor conditions.
The objective of this prescribed burn was ecosystem restoration. Historically, natural fire burned an average of 16,000 acres annually in Yosemite National Park and played an integral role in shaping Yosemite’s ecosystem. Yosemite’s Fire Management program is designed to balance the protection of life, property and natural and cultural resources with the continuation of fire as a nature process. Applying fire under prescribed conditions mimics the frequent, low intensity, lightning caused fires. Fire also allows for the recycling of nutrients to the soil, which encourages the germination and regrowth of plants, shrubs, and trees.