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Fire officials today are reporting that they have stopped the fire’s forward rate of spread along most of the perimeter. The fire is still listed as 80% contained, but that is due to the potential for spot fires near certain areas of the containment line.
In the above map (click to enlarge) released today by the fire’s Joint Command, the lines in bright red are the only portion of the fire that is still burning, what is called an uncontrolled edge. Both sections are moving in a general easterly direction, which runs the fire up geography that is becoming more void of trees and mostly granite, which is slowing the fire down.
According to the Joint Command, “Firefighters continue to patrol the colder areas of the line. The fire is active in the Clavey River Reynolds Creek and Jawbone Creek drainages as well as to the west of Harden Lake Harden Road and Tioga Road. Moderate fire spread to the northeast into Yosemite Wilderness areas north of Hetch Hetchy reservoir is expected. Evergreen Road was opened to Evergreen Lodge at noon yesterday. The road is still closed beyond the Lodge.
“Fire behavior during the night shift hours was limited to creeping and smoldering with the majority of fire behavior confined to large diameter fuels and sheltered locations.
“Resources will continue to patrol, mop-up, and monitor all areas of the fire in addition to the developed areas interior of the fire perimeter and those adjacent to the fire area.”
Highway 120/Big Oak Flat Road into the park opened a few days, but there is no stopping along the road through the burn area. Tioga Road (Hwy. 120 over Tioga Pass) is still closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf Campground.
The fire is currently at 255,146 acres, or over 350 square miles.