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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/05/2018 05:51 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/05/2018 05:51 PM
Expires: 01/01/2023 12:00 AM

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

Yosemite, CA...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.

There is active fire burning above the Arch Rock Entrance Station, moving up the Merced River Canyon towards West Yosemite Valley.There is active fire burning near Foresta and structure protection is currently in place. No structures have been lost in the communities of Foresta, El Portal, or Yosemite West. Earlier this week, fire crossed the Wawona Road, following the Indian Creek drainage. This fire has crossed Glacier Point Road, forced firefighters to shelter in place at Badger Pass. To learn more about current fire progression, visit

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. Please visit for the most up to date information.

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.

Since the Ferguson Fire began on Friday, July 13, 2018 park visitors, employees, local businesses and communities have all been affected. We realize this has been a difficult time for all involved. Yosemite National Park is committed to supporting our Gateway communities and we will continue to work closely with all of our stakeholders to work through this emergency.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at and on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page.
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Posted on: 2018-08-05 18:23:31   By: Anonymous
Some good news folks. Those around Douglas Flat Area, the FF have done a great job and we all can relax, but just a little.
It looks like evacuation is not going to be needed. So please stop all the negativity and let's become a nice community again. Leave your political comments where they belong, in the crapper....

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    Posted on: 2018-08-05 18:53:12   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2018-08-05 19:24:57   By: Anonymous
      Let's start a Drum circle, and get a huge game of hackey-sack.

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        Posted on: 2018-08-05 19:56:14   By: Anonymous
        Can we sing Kumbaya too?

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          Re: Truth Prevails
          Posted on: 2018-08-05 20:16:37   By: Anonymous
          These HUGE Wildfires are Obama's Legacy.

          How Federal Policies, Not Just Warmer Weather, Have Made Wildfires Worse
          by Chriss W. Street 4 Aug 2018 Newport Beach, CA

          Data suggest that the number of U.S. wildfires has diminished, and the size of fires has increased, partly due to the federal government slashing the number of air tankers, and changing the way fires are fought — not just because of “climate change.”

 acknowledges that warmer and drier weather make fires more difficult to suppress, but adds that important man-made factors exist that could be far more influential on wildfires.

          These include: 1) 100 years of fire suppression making forests denser, for fires to burn with greater intensity; 2) fighting large fires less aggressively for safety reasons; 3) environmental demands to let fires burn naturally; and 4) initially responding with less equipment and personnel to fires.

          The biggest man-made change in fighting wildfires appears to have been the U.S. Forest Service slashing the average number of large air tankers on exclusive use contracts by over 70 percent — from 44 in 2002 to 13 in 2018, according to the Fire Aviation website.

          The decline began in 2002, when wings on two 50-plus-year-old military surplus air tankers snapped off in mid-air maneuvers, killing five aviators. Over the next decade, older aircraft were eliminated for safety reasons, and environmentalists battled to stop new contracts for air tankers to drop retardant on wildfires.

          But with the average size of fires growing to over 135 acres in 2012, and several large wildfire incidents, the conservative National Review argued that “Obama Bureaucrats Are Fueling Wildfires” by continuing to slash the number of air tankers to nine for the 2013 fire season.

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            Re: Truth Prevails
            Posted on: 2018-08-05 21:47:10   By: Anonymous
            Your comment is largely accurate. Why start it with a ridiculously inane political jab? There is a century’s worth of blame to go around for fire suppression policy no matter who the Big Cheese was. Recent cuts to firefighting funds are connected directly to congressional control of budget purse strings. Sequestration was certainly not Obama’s idea.

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            Re: Truth Prevails
            Posted on: 2018-08-06 16:12:52   By: Anonymous
            Obama is responsible for the bark beetle infestation that has killed millions of trees? Get your head out of your "National Review" a$$ and do some REAL research. The West has been seeing exponentially hotter and drier weather in the past decade, due to a CLIMATE THAT IS CHANGING. You can bark at the moon, cover your eyes and ears, and bury your head in the sand, but it is still happening. Salvage logging will help, but the diseased lumber has to have a market that will pay the costs.

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