Prescribed Burn Yosemite National Park

Prescribed Burn Yosemite National Park

Prescribed Burn Yosemite National Park the primary objective of the prescribed fire is to reduce the accumulation of small diameter mixed conifer trees and reduce excessive dead and down woody debris. It will also reduce the amount of fuel build-up, which enables fire to reach the tops of mature trees and threaten mature black oak trees and saplings. A combination of fuel reduction techniques will occur prior to the scheduled fire, including mechanical thinning in order to create more open forest stands and recreate vistas that have long been overgrown by the dense forest.

Smoke from the fire may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in Yosemite Valley, Foresta, and the El Portal area. Smoke, affecting health, is always a consideration in the decision to schedule prescribed fires. A smoke management plan has been submitted to the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District, and a burn permit will be issued prior to ignition. A smoke monitor will be placed in nearby communities to monitor smoke.
Prescribed fires within Yosemite National Park help promote the long term health of the ecosystem. Fire is beneficial for trees, meadows, and wildlife habitat. Specifically, prescribed fires in Yosemite Valley restore vistas, increase the health and longevity of meadows, and reduce the possibility of unwanted wildfires.  For more information go to https://home.nps.gov/yose/blogs/prescribed-fire-upcoming-in-yosemite-national-park.htm
In my photograph I purposefully went over to the burn area when the sun was shinning through the trees.  With the smoke and sun in the air it created beautiful god rays or better known as sunbeams.  In this case I took advantage of the situation.
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