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US Forest Service Responds to Ball Mountain Fire

USFS Ball Mountain Fire Update: 09/24/2014 

The Ball Mountain Fire is estimated to be 25 acres this morning. The fire is burning in pinyon and brush.

The fire is located near Ball Mountain, north of Kennedy Meadows and west of Tunawee Canyon. The fire is highly visible from Highway 395 near Olancha, the Coso Junction area, and Kennedy Meadows.
The fire is burning in a remote area in the South Sierra Wilderness and there is currently no threat to life or property. Smokejumpers, the Inyo Hotshots, and Inyo Engine 41 crew are being inserted today to begin fireline construction. Additionally, a Type 1 helicopter, a Type 2 helicopter, and air attack are committed to the fire.
The crews’ focus will be on the southeast flank of the fire to secure an anchor point and to prevent the fire’s spread into Long Canyon.  Crews will take advantage of natural barriers (rock) and previous fires (including the 2008 Clover Fire) for line construction to contain the fire to the north and west.
This is a lightning-caused fire from the storm that passed through the area on Saturday.

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USFS Ball Mountain Fire Update: 09/24/2014

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US Forest Service / Ball Mountain Fire / Lightning Fire / Wildfire / Inyo Hotshots / Inyo Engine 41 / Smokejumpers / Kennedy Meadows / Tunawee Canyon / Olancha / Coso Junction / Bishop / Lone Pine

Meadow Fire at 4,906 Acres, 23 Percent Contained

Half Dome Cables Prepare for Weekend Reopening, Meadow Fire at 23 % Containment – Yosemite

#MeadowFire in Yosemite National Park increases in acreage, but also in containment.

UPDATE: 9/12/2014 – Meadow Fire held at 4,906 acres and now 50 % contained.

 

Dramatic photo of the #MeadowFire in #Yosemite National Park, courtesy of Susan Holt.
Dramatic photo of the #MeadowFire in #Yosemite National Park, courtesy of Susan Holt.

NPS Press Release Below

Yosemite News Release
September 11, 2014
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Saturday, September 13, 2014

Meadow Fire at 4,906 acres, 23% Contained

The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 13, 2014.  The cables have been closed since Sunday night, September 7, due to a wildfire.  The Meadow Fire, located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, is currently at 4,906 acres and is 23% contained.
Yosemite National Park is continuing active suppression efforts on the fire.  Over 550 fire personnel are assigned to the fire, including fire crews from the National Park Service and the U. S. Forest Service.  Additionally, there are sevenaircraft dedicated to suppressing the fire.
The trail to Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley is open to day-use only.  No overnight camping in any areas impacted by the fire is permitted.  All other area closures, including Little Yosemite Valley, Sunrise High Sierra Camp area, Echo Valley, and Clouds Rest, are still in effect.
Visible smoke in the early morning hours may be present in and around Yosemite Valley and the Half Dome Hike.  Visitors who are sensitive to smoke should consider rescheduling their hike to Half Dome or their visit to Yosemite National Park.  Visitors are urged to check the park’s website to get updated information on the smoke impacts to the park.  Updated information can be found at www.nps.gov/yose or http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.
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Stay informed on Twitter, too.

U.S. Forest Service providing 243 firefighters #MeadowFire incl 9 hotshot crews & 4 helicopters.

Our own Inyo Hotshots are among the USFS firefighters assigned to the #MeadowFire in Yosemite.

Meadow Fire Half Dome Yosemite
Meadow Fire near Half Dome, Yosemite

Half Dome Cables Prepare for Weekend Reopening, Meadow Fire at 23 % Containment – Yosemite

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US Forest Service Announces 30-Day Public Scoping Period for Revised Forest Plan

USFS Pacific Southwest Region Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service today announced a 30-day public scoping period to start the National Environmental Policy Act process for revising forest plans on the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The scoping period begins August 29, 2014 with the publishing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register.
The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are three of eight national forests selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans under the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans on national forests across the nation.
These three forest plan revisions will be completed through the development of one environmental impact statement (EIS).  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors are the responsible officials for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
A “scoping period” gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before alternatives are developed and analyzed in the EIS.  Public involvement is a critical piece of this analysis and considered in the range of alternatives, which will be made available for public review and comment when drafted.
The Forest Service expects to release a draft of the EIS and alternatives for public review by spring 2015.
The EIS allows for a robust public involvement process, which begins with the scoping period announced today.  Public meetings to answer questions and accept written public comment are scheduled.  For the Inyo National Forest, they will be held on:
·         6:00-8:00 pm -Monday, September 15at the Dyer Community Center in Dyer, NV
·         6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA
The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.
Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time.  However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be given full consideration.  Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter standing for administrative review.
Scoping comments must be received by September 29, 2014 and may be submitted:
·         Onlinehttp://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters (click on the “Comment on Project” hyperlink under the “Get Connected” topic at the right side of the webpage),
·         Electronic mailR5planrevision@fs.fed.us, or
·         U.S. mail: Land Management Plan Revision, U.S. Forest Service, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA  93257.
Please remember to specify which forest or forests your comments apply to.  For forest-specific information, please contact that forest directly:
·         Inyo NF: Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
·         Sequoia NF: Alicia Embrey at 559-784-1500 or aliciamembrey@fs.fed.us
·         Sierra NF: Dirk Charley at 559-297-0706 x4805 or dcharley@fs.fed.us
The NOI, detailed proposed action and maps are available for review at http://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters.
For earlier information regarding forest plan revision documents and the planning process prior to the release of the NOI and scoping period, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPR.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.
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USFS Pacific Southwest Region Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plans

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