Yosemite National Park prohibits campfires in certain areas of the park

The man-made Washburn Fire started next week next to the park’s Washburn Trail and had grown to 7.3 square miles.

YOSEMITE VALLEY, Calif. – Visitors to Yosemite National Park will be banned from making campfires in certain areas of the park starting Saturday to reduce the threat of starting new wildfires in Yosemite, where firefighters are battling a fire since last week, officials said.

Visitors will not be permitted to light campfires, cooking fires, and/or charcoal fires in areas below 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level, unless they are are in drive-in campgrounds or picnic areas in developed parts of the park, the National Park Service said in a statement Friday.

He said smoking is also prohibited in areas below 8,000 feet (2,400 meters), except inside an enclosed vehicle, campground or picnic area. picnic where fires are specifically permitted, in a designated smoking area, or in an area that is sterile or has been cleared. of all flammable materials.

Officials said visitors will be allowed to start fires in areas above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) in elevation but not above 9,600 feet (2,900 meters).

The man-made Washburn Fire erupted next week next to the park’s Washburn Trail and had grown to 18.9 square kilometers (7.3 square miles) and 27% containment by Friday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Further north, the Peter Fire in Shasta County south of Redding remained at 304 acres (123 hectares) but containment jumped to 34% on Friday from 25%.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire started shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday and destroyed 12 structures before its progress was halted.

The Redding Record Searchlight newspaper reported that at least three of the structures were houses.

Map of fires

This wildfire map was created using data from NASA, NGA, USGS, and FEMA.


PREPARATIONS FOR THE WILD FIRE

According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier. In January 2021, just under 1,200 acres burned due to nearly 300 wildfires. The fires resumed in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five northern California counties – Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and was not brought under control until October 25, burning nearly a million acres. It has since become the second largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.

Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people were killed.

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely clear. At least 100 feet is recommended.

The Department of Homeland Security suggests putting together an emergency kit of important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and learning the best about your community’s evacuation plans to prepare you and your family in the event of a wildfire.

Some counties use Nixle Alerts to notify residents of severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your postcode to 888777 to start receiving alerts.

Read more: Are you ready for wildfires? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts by SMS, email or phone call. If you are a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you are affected by wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.

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