Yosemite is an exciting place to work… just being here is exciting. The day-to-day work is often exciting, as well. But, then, often (but not always) in summer, chaos ensues as something big happens… and it’s not uncommon for several big things to happen simultaneously, as was the case today.

Multiple rockfalls fell just behind The Ahwawhnee, with rocks landing in the parking lot. The hotel was evacuated. I could clearly hear the rockfall from my office, a mile or so away. (More information…).

Meanwhile, a prescribed burn near Foresta unexpectedly jumped the fire lines. Yosemite has been doing prescribed burns for almost 40 years and I’m not sure how often this has happened before (or if it has ever happened before). Fire managers are careful, so it’ll be interesting to see what happened. In any case, the Big Oak Flat Road is closed, meaning travel between Crane Flat/Big Oak Flat/Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley isn’t possible (without a long detour). (You can find more information on the NPS website, although once this incident is over, this link won’t have information about this fire.)

Big Meadow (Foresta) Fire
Big Meadow (Foresta) Fire
Big Meadow (Foresta) fire later at night

Big Meadow (Foresta) fire later at night

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