Washburn fire evacuees must return home


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – The Washburn Fire has been burning since July 7, 2022, at Yosemite National Park (YNP) near Mariposa Grove. The fire currently covers 4,822 acres and is 37% contained. A week ago, residents and visitors to Wawona and campgrounds were evacuated. Tomorrow, Sunday July 17, residents and owners will be allowed to return. However, the area will remain closed to visitors.

Washburn Fire Evacuation Map

Residents and owners will be able to return to residences in Wawona on Sunday, July 17 at 8 a.m. Residents, please read Frequently Asked Questions for important details.

South Entrance, Wawona Campground and Non-NPS Resident Employees: Check with your supervisor before returning.

Residents must present photo ID and proof of address. NPS seasonal residents only need photo ID.

Checkpoint staff will have a list of seasonal residents. Escort is required when entering and exiting via Wawona Road between the South Entrance and Wawona and is only available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Access between Yosemite West and Wawona is only available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but unescorted.

Wawona, Wawona Road (Highway 41) south of Yosemite West and Mariposa Grove are closed until further notice. The south entrance remains closed. All other areas of Yosemite National Park are open. Use El Portal Rd (Hwy 140) or Big Oak Flat Rd. (Hwy 120 East) or Tioga Rd (Hwy 120 West) to enter Yosemite. Reservations are always required; visit www.recreation.gov.

Wawona webcam screenshot https://www.yosemite.com/yosemite-webcams/uc-merced-field-station-webcam/

No homes or other structures were damaged by the fire. If you own a rental or vacation property but do not normally live in Wawona and can delay your trip for several days, please do so if possible. The first goal is to bring people back to their homes all year round. Due to the amount of fire traffic that will remain in the community, the traffic reduction will remain significant for some time. We sympathize with everyone’s desire to see the results of this fire, but it will be there for years to come, so if you can delay your trip after restocking, we would greatly appreciate it. For a current view of Wawona there is a live webcam here.

July 17, 2022 Official Fire Update

Washburn Fire Public Information Card for Saturday 16.07.2022.

Fire Information: Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Phone: 209-819-7246

Email: [email protected]

Location: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove Percent Content: 37%

Start date: July 7, 2022 Cause: Under investigation

Area: 4,822 acres Number of people affected: 1,623

Weather/Fire Conditions: Weather continues to remain consistently hot and dry with active to very active fire behavior. This active behavior will possibly include group fires as the fire retreats toward the Merced River and upstream near Iron Creek. Cleanup and hazardous tree removal operations are in place along Wawona Rd and Mariposa Grove in Yosemite. Expect winds over the incident area to remain light to moderate and mostly driven by the terrain. Temperatures will hit the low 90s and relative humidity should be between 22-32%.

It should be noted that to date, all structures remain unscathed and no serious injuries have been inflicted during this incident.

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-22-15 Sierra National Forest Washburn Fire Closure Order Exhibit A

The Washburn Fire is now active in the Sierra National Forest. To assist firefighters and protect public safety during the Washburn Fire, the Sierra National Forest issued a Forestry Order to Close the Washburn Fires:

Forest Ordinance: 05-15-00-22-15: This ordinance is in effect from July 15, 2022 to August 1, 2022. For a detailed description including a map, please see the following link.

Yosemite National Park Fire Restrictions: As of July 16, fire restrictions are in effect below 8,000 feet elevation and smoking is prohibited throughout the park. The residences of El Portal and Foresta are under strict fire restriction due to the high potential fire risk. For more information, please visit Yosemite National Park Fire Restrictions.

Tip Line: If you were in or near Mariposa Grove on July 7, 202, please contact the NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Call/Text – (888)-653-0009 Email- [email protected]

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, the Washburn Fire burns next to a road north of the Wawona Hotel, Monday, July 11, 2022. National Park Service via Associated Press

USEFUL LINKS

Official Inciweb Incident Information

Evacuation map

Deadwood Wildfire Alert Camera

Yosemite Fire and Aviation Facebook Page

#FireMappers interactive map

CalTopo Fire Map

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