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 Post subject: Forest fire near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:50 pm 

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An article by the Sierra Star:
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A blaze in Fish Camp shortly south of Yosemite National Park, reported around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, grew to 300 acres by 3 p.m. with the potential to scorch as much as 5,000 acres in the area. Evacuations and road closures were quickly ordered as the fire rapidly expanded throughout the afternoon.

Closures on Highway 41 repeatedly changed since they were first put in place near Tenaya Lodge around 12:40 p.m. As of 4:30 p.m., the highway was closed in Cedar Valley to the south, at Road 630.

By 1 p.m., Narrow Gauge Inn and the communities of Sugar Pine and Sugar Pine Camp had been completely evacuated.

Shortly before 2:15 p.m., authorities prepared to request evacuation of Tenaya Lodge. Around 30 minutes later, mandatory evacuations were issued for the resort, and later put in place for the entire Fish Camp area, as the flames continued to burn towards the resort and the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.

All evacuees were being directed to go through Yosemite instead of to the south, as flames reportedly surrounded portions of Highway 41.


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The fire was first reported near Highway 41 and Mill Canyon Road in Fish Camp, near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.


Link to the rest of the article: Railroad Fire near Yosemite closes Highway 41, could grow to 5,000 acres


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 Post subject: Re: Forest fire near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:02 pm 

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Latest information from U.S. Forest Service

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 Post subject: Re: Forest fire near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:06 am 

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The photo associated with the video here is very telling: http://kmph.com/news/local/hwy-41-close ... -evacuated

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:43 am 

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Photo courtesy of Madera County Sheriff’s Office
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:54 am 

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Just saw this post from 13 hours ago on Twitter - who knows if it's moved here at all since then...


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 Post subject: Re: Forest fire near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:34 am 
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Update for morning of August 31st: Looks like the fire has destroyed a dump car,
a flat car (former reefer), and a log car:

https://sierranewsonline.com/historic-equipment-burns-at-yosemite-mt-sugar-pine-railroad/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:21 am 

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It looks like all the West Side cars in the lower yard were lost last night.

http://sierranewsonline.com/historic-eq ... -railroad/

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 Post subject: Re: Forest fire near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR
PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:12 am 

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An article in the Fresno Bee about the damage to the Yosemite Sugar Pine railroad:
Wildfire singed its core, but Sugar Pine railroad determined to ‘keep going’

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Haywood and around a dozen other railroad employees were on the front lines Tuesday afternoon as the wildfire ignited, called the Railroad Fire because of its proximity to the business. Employees there spotted a plume of smoke across Highway 41 shortly before the 12:30 p.m. train ride, says manager Shane Blackwell, who rushed up the hill to try and find the source of the blaze.
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Blackwell says within about 15 minutes of spotting smoke, the fire reached the highway and embers flew across the road, igniting at least half a dozen small fires on railroad property.

“It created its own wind,” Blackwell says. “It was just pulling oxygen.”

Around a dozen employees working Tuesday were able to extinguish the spot fires using a water truck, fire hoses and fire equipment owned by the railroad. Blackwell says he also filled a Caltrans water truck twice for a state employee who was working alongside railroad employees to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived. They were later told to evacuate.

“That day we kind of said goodbyes to our place and to each other – we didn’t know that it would be here,” Blackwell says. “There’s just so much fuel in the area.”
The article is illustrated with ten photographs showing the damage. The fire burned "an old locomotive that wasn’t being used, along with a passenger car, snowplow, side dump car and refrigerator car that were attached to it, and more than 200 wooden railroad ties."


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 Post subject: Re: Forest fire near Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:34 am 

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Good to hear that the Railroad is reopened for daily service as of this past weekend.


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