14 Lightning-Caused Wildfires Burning in Yosemite

From June 28 through July 2, a thunderstorm brought lightning strikes to Yosemite National Park, igniting 14 fires in the wilderness. Many of the fires are small and simply being monitored by fire officials, but worsening fire conditions could help some of them grow and close areas of the park.

The biggest fire in the park is the King Fire, which currently sits at 8 acres and 5 percent contained just south of Nevada Falls. The rest of the fires are less than an acre.

Here is a breakdown of all the fires in the park:

King Fire

  • Location: South of Nevada Falls, north of Mount Starr King. 7220 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 29, 2021                                  
  • Size: 8 acres
  • Containment: 5%                                                   
  • Cause: Lightning

Quartzsite Fire

  • Location: West of Quartzsite Peak. 8781 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 29, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.30 acre
  • Containment: 0%
  • Cause: Lightning

Harden Fire

  • Location: North of Harden Lake, south of Hetch Hetchy. 6665 feet elevation.
  • Discovery Date: July 1, 2021                                    
  • Size: 0.25 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                                     
  • Cause: Lightning

Stubblefield Fire

  • Location: Northern end of Yosemite NP, near Stubblefield and Kerrick canyons. 8000 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                                      
  • Cause: Lightning

Porcupine Fire

  • Location: Northeast of Porcupine Campground, and Tioga Road. 8210 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                 
  • Size: 0.10 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                                      
  • Cause: Lightning

Coyote Fire

  • Location: Coyote Rocks, north of Tioga Road. 9742 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                                      
  • Cause: Lightning

Hidden Fire

  • Location: Northwest of Olmsted Point, Tioga Road. 9017 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: .1 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                               
  • Cause: Lightning

County Line Fire

  • Location: Near Yosemite Creek Campground Road. 8361 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • Containment: 0%     
  • Cause: Lightning

Lukens Fire

  • Location: West of Lukens Lake, North of Tioga Road. 8243 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.2 acre
  • Containment: 0%                             
  • Cause: Lightning

Wegner Fire

  • Location: East of Yosemite Creek Picnic Area and east of Tioga Road. 8256 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.25 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                  
  • Cause: Lightning

Half Moon Fire

  • Location: West of Ten Lakes near Half Moon Meadow. 8256 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • Containment: 0%                  
  • Cause: Lightning

Pothole Fire

  • Location: South of Glacier Point Road. 7885 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • Containment: 0%                              
  • Cause: Lightning

Fork Fire

  • Location: 1 mile south of Ostrander Lake along Horse Ridge. 8500 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: June 28, 2021                                  
  • Size: 0.3 acres
  • Containment: 0%                    
  • Cause: Lightning

Ridge Fire

  • Location: South of Glacier Point Road, across from Sentinel Parking area. 8000 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: July 3, 2021                                    
  • Size: 0.10 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                
  • Cause: Lightning

Lake Fire

  • Location: West slope of Mt Hoffman. 9000 elevation.
  • Discovery Date: July 3, 2021                                    
  • Size: 0.10 acre
  • Containment: 0%                                  
  • Cause: Lightning

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