Terrain Satellite
Blue Jay
15.9 mi
N of Yosemite National Park, CA
Last Updated:
51 mins, 19 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, July 24, 2020 11:00 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 11 hours, 26 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Blue Jay Fire

Air Quality Web Page

Blue Jay Fire Web Map

National Air Quality Fire Web Page

9.30.2020: One lane traffic control will be in effect today from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.  Please head all traffic signs.  For the most up to date road conditions, call (209) 372 - 0200, press 1, then 1.

Multiple trail closures are in effect, including: all Yosemite Creek trails from Tioga Road to the north rim of Yosemite Valley; Lukens Lake Trail to Lukens Lake; Ten Lakes Trail to Lukens Lake Trail junction; the section of the Middle Fork Tuolumne River trail which connects the Ten Lakes and Lukens Lake Trails. Trail closure signs will be placed at trailheads and intersections. For Wilderness permit questions, call Wilderness public information line at 209-372-0826.

The Blue Jay Fire was ignited by lightning July 24. The fire started approximately 4 miles south of White Wolf campground, and is burning primarily in Wilderness on the south side of Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation. The fire is creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching.  

The Blue Jay Fire is being managed with a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques (MIST) within fire adapted Wilderness. Geographical containment objectives are holding.

The fire is visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and high-country vistas.

Smoke is dispersing to the north and northeast and settling locally at night.  Park managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Friday July 24th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
The fire is located within Wilderness 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake Trail on the south side of Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation.
Incident Commander:
Type 3 Incident Organization
37.812, -119.646

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Timber Litter, Dead and Down, Lodgepole and Red Fir overstory
Significant Events:
The fire has a 40% active perimeter. The fire is burning primarily on the north/northwest perimeter off of Tioga Road. Fire is creeping and smoldering through compact litter and duff, heavy fuels on the forest floor, and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs, with some isolated single tree torching along the active perimeter. Smoke is rising to tree height and dispersing.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
The strategy for this fire is a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing natural features for containment, allowing natural growth and behavior.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor fire weather behavior and scouting for opportunities to black line as needed and bring the fires edge to natural barriers.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Smoke from the Creek Fire may continue to impact the area and reduce visibility.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Yosemite Fire Information
Email: yose_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 209-375-9517
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Yosemite National Park
National Park Service
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389