Yosemite National Park
About the Fire and Recovery
The massive Rim Fire was one of the largest wildfires in California history. Wildfires often create ideal conditions for spring wildflowers, which bloom with astonishing vigor in a rainbow of living color on the burned hillsides. The photo above shows this, as lupines burst forth on the slopes of Foresta after the 2009 Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite. The photo to the left shows California poppies (our state flower) in bloom this spring over areas that were scorched last fall. Some Sierra plants need fire to be at their best, whether due to the heat enabling the seeds to sprout more easily, or the release of carbon from the leaves that have become ash, fertilizing the soil and changing its pH from acid to more alkali.
These rare wildflower displays are unequalled in the west, so be sure to come visit us in the spring with your camera, friends, and family.
For More Information
InciWeb is a great source for official information, including current maps and road closures.
Here's the Rim Fire Update page for Yosemite National Park, with information on how the fire has affected travel and points of interest.
Groveland's Facebook Page is a wealth of information about Groveland and the surrounding area, with very timely updates.
(Top Big Meadow Fire photo courtesy of Robb Hirsch Photography.)