While the Empire Fire is burning across 6,340 acres, most of it is burning slowly, creeping along the forest floor. With cooler temperatures, rain, and snow the fires in Yosemite are reaching the end of their season. It's not uncommon for fires to continue at ground level until the first heavy snowfall of the season.
The plants and animals of Yosemite are adapted to living with fire. Nutrients released from burned vegetation enriches the soil, helping new plants to grow. A forest with trees and plants with multiple ages provide different homes for wildlife, diversifies the forest, and makes it more resilient to fire and pests. Next spring new plants and wildflowers will be springing up where the fires burned! We can't wait to see what appears! #Yosemite #NationalPark #YosemiteNationalPark #wildfire