Fires still burn slowly in Yosemite

Union Democrat staff /

Firefighters continue to battle or monitor several fires in Yosemite National Park.

The biggest actively burning fire is the Dark Hole Fire. The fire, sparked by lightning in mid-July near the Yosemite Creek Campground, has burned 1,080 acres. It was about 75 percent contained this morning.

The firefight at this point mostly involves creating handlines and directing the fire toward natural barriers, like granite ridges and rock outcroppings.

More than 30 people are assigned to the fire, including firefighters from Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Elsewhere, firefighters continue to monitor the El Portal Fire. While fully contained Aug. 4, logs and other vegetation continue to smolder within the perimeter. The fire, which was reported July 26, burned 4,689 acres. A cause has not been announced.

Other Yosemite fires, sparked by July lightning storms and isolated to high country areas, include the 2-acre Cathedral Fire, the three-quarter-acre Starr King Fire, and the Lembert Fire, which is smoking but has not been located.

For the complete story, see the Aug. 18 edition of The Union Democrat.

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