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Old 08-22-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default Western Wildfire Update: Yosemite National Park Fire Rages Out of Control

Western Wildfire Update: Yosemite National Park Fire Rages Out of Control
By: Gosia Wozniacki
Published: August 22, 2013

Western Wildfire Update: Yosemite National Park Fire Rages Out of Control | Weather Underground
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A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park - one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. - raged beyond the control of firefighters, but several days after it started it there has been minimal property damage and only voluntary evacuations.

The blaze in Stanislaus National Forest west of Yosemite grew to more than 25 square miles and was only 5 percent contained Wednesday, threatening some 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings.

The fire has destroyed two residences and seven outbuildings and led to the voluntary evacuation of the private gated summer community of Pine Mountain Lake...
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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Invasive Plant Management - Yosemite National Park
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In 2009, Yosemite's invasive-plant biological technicians treated 156 gross-infested acres (27 acres in wilderness) and mapped 231 acres of invasives so far this season. On the whole, invasive plant ecologists recorded 805 acres (285 in wilderness) of non-native plant infestations in Yosemite, but there's more to document. Some species, such as cheat grass, are so widespread that it's a challenge to map. Using GIS, the invasive-plant crew mapped 2,664 points, lines and polygons of invasive-plant infestations and treatments in 2009. Invasive-plant managers then incorporated these features into their planning map containing a total of 6,389 GIS features collected since 1995.


2013 Invasive Plant Management Program's Work Plan
View the 2013 Invasive Plant Management Plan [1.5 MB PDF] The work plan summarizes the 2012 field season and proposed 2013 treatments. The work plan describes the program's general approach as well as area specific plans.

Thirty-eight maps [14 MB PDF] display invasive plant infestation locations and site-specific details on all proposed treatment actions:

Learn More about the Invasive Plant Management Plan

The Finding of No Significant Impact for the 2010 Invasive Plant Management Plan Update has been signed. This plan describes the methods and tools that will be used to protect Yosemite's natural and cultural resources from invasive plants. This plan will be implemented in September of 2011.
Read a general guide to Yosemite's invasive plants on a separate web page.
Or, volunteer to help remove invasive plants in Yosemite through the "HaPY" program (Habitat Protectors of Yosemite)...
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I'm sorta wondering if this is the same fire that started down somewhere around Los Angeles at a power plant that spread all the way to Yosemite since they're referring to it as still raging out of control?
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