Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Wawona area near the park’s south entrance Thursday.
The first segment of the burn will include 60 acres. Another 473 acres will be burned throughout March, depending on weather. The prescribed fire will conclude no later than March 30.
The prescribed fire is intended to eliminate some of the hazardous vegetation around Wawona, reducing the threat of wildfires. Without fire, unnatural levels of forest fuel can accumulate.
Fire managers are working with the Mariposa County Air Pollution District to time the burn to coincide with weather that will facilitate good air quality.
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Visitors are urged to drive with caution as firefighters, fire equipment, smoke, and debris may be present along the roadway.