Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014 - Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park

A fire that may be a spot fire from the nearby Meadow lightning-caused fire, was discovered at approximately 12:30 PM today.  The following is a time-lapse that puts together images from the Sentinel Dome Camera, which captured the fire's rapid progress and long-range spotting as it moved rapidly across Little Yosemite Valley toward Cloud's Rest.

Fires of this magnitude, in this area of Yosemite National Park, have in the past produced heavy smoke that drains down into Yosemite Valley, so visitors and campers should prepare for smoke in the Unhealthy AQI range or worse in the mornings, with some clearing in the afternoon hours.

Satellite observations from late this evening show thick smoke heading NE over Tuolumne Meadows and possibly communities farther afield on the Sierra east side and in Nevada, though it is currently uncertain whether the plume is at the surface or just very thick aloft in these locations.

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