Yosemite burn delayed

Union Democrat staff /

A prescribed burn in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park has been postponed, again, due to weather.

A new date for the burn, which was scheduled to begin Monday, has not yet been set.

The burn was originally scheduled for the beginning of April and was postponed at that time because of wet conditions. Ignition of the burn is dependent on weather and moisture levels.

The burn area is near the community of Wawona. The total prescribed burn area will include 150 acres. The prescribed area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2013 fire season.

The prescribed fire is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service. The primary objective of the prescribed fire is to create defensible space for potential catastrophic wildfire that may approach the community of Wawona.

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