The only topic of conversation in the park is fire. And for good reason. This fire is BIG. And growing rapidly. There’s not a one of us unaffected by it. Even more so with the latest news.
Tioga Road is closing today (8/28/2013) due to the Rim Fire. And is expected to be closed at least through Labor Day Weekend. No, the fire isn’t that far into the park yet. Hot Shot crews will be clearing trees and other fuel in preventative fire suppression efforts along the roadway between Crane Flat and White Wolf (the westernmost portion of the roadway). The fire is getting closer and closer though.
Craig and I drove up to Tuolumne yesterday, stopping to take some pictures of the fire. We stopped somewhere between Crane Flat and White Wolf (in that zone that’s closing). The fire is close enough that I got some pictures of the flames. And the wind is blowing it further into the park so much that when we got to Tuolumne we were bombarded with a smoky layer so thick we couldn’t see Lembert Dome or Unicorn Peak. We didn’t linger. The air quality, the risk of road closure, the ash raining down – all signs pointed to heading back home. After a quick swim in the river and a few minutes spent catching up with Eric and Ryan, it was back down to warmer and clearer skies.
Here are some of the pictures of the fire and smoke that I took from the Tioga Road yesterday:
No doubt that life is always exciting around here. Stay safe, everyone.