Yosemite Closed "Indefinitely" Due to Wildfire

Yosemite Closed "Indefinitely" Due to Wildfire

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Yosemite Closed "Indefinitely" Due to Wildfire

Cover Image: Mike Murphy | Above Image: NPS

According to a press release by the National Park Service today, portions of the Yosemite Valley and National Park will be closed “indefinitely” until they can guarantee safety. The valley itself wasn’t in danger of the Ferguson Fire but all access points to the national park are. The fire has also created unhealthy levels of smoke within the park’s boundaries.

Due to increased fire activity in the areas adjacent to and on Yosemite National Park, park administrators and fire managers have made the decision to extend the current park closures indefinitely. 

Over the past 48 hours, fire has impacted all of the roads used to access Yosemite Valley, burning dead and downed trees that can become very explosive and fall without warning. There are also significant terrain hazards for firefighters. These hazards, along with extreme fire behavior and frequent weather changes, have made this an extremely difficult fire fight. – NPS

Yosemite Valley and other Sections of the Park Remain Closed Indefinitely Due to Impacts from the Ferguson Fire Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road Remain Open from U.S. 395 Due to increased fire activity in the areas adjacent to and on Yosemite National Park, park administrators and fire managers have made the decision to extend the current park closures indefinitely. Fire managers are continuously assessing conditions in the area and will work directly with and will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen. Firefighters remain committed to fully suppressing this fire and are actively engaged, taking action to limit the fire’s spread when it is safe to do so. The fire activity inside Yosemite National Park is dynamic. Over the past 48 hours, fire has impacted all of the roads used to access Yosemite Valley, burning dead and downed trees that can become very explosive and fall without warning. There are also significant terrain hazards for firefighters. These hazards, along with extreme fire behavior and frequent weather changes, have made this an extremely difficult fire fight. The following areas remain closed: Yosemite Valley, El Portal Road, Wawona Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona Campground, Crane Flat Campground, Tamarack Campground, and several other sections of the Park. A large portion of Yosemite National Park remains open. Tioga Road from Tioga Pass to White Wolf is open to all visitors and vehicles. Most of the trails and campgrounds along this route, including the Tuolumne Meadows Campground are open. Visitor services along Tioga Road, including the High Sierra Camps and the Tuolumne Meadows Store are open. The Gateway communities of Sonora, Groveland, Mariposa, Oakhurst, and Lee Vining are great places to recreate and offer a wide variety of opportunities. Please contact the local visitor centers to learn about recreational opportunities in the Gateway communities. #Yosemite #NationalPark

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The Furgeson Fire has already cost the lives of two people and injured seven others.

This is a sobering reminder for all of us who go camping or have fires out in the wilderness that out means out. If it’s been a while, make sure you know the Forest Service regulations for putting out the fire, and pay attention to all red flag warnings.

Stay safe out there.

For the most up to date information, keep an eye on all press releases from National Park Service on Yosemite’s page. You can also follow Yosemite on Twitter or Instagram.

Click Here for the full press release from NPS

 

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