Ferguson Fire Rolls On to 43,299 Acres & 27% Containment. Yosemite Valley Closed Through The Weekend

Awahanee, CA, July 26, 2018 – Yosemite National Park officials announced closures to the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas, as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, effective noon on Wednesday, July 25. With the ongoing closure of Highway140, visitors can exit the park using Highways 120 and 41. Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given. For information on Yosemite National Park, go to: nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.

With the ongoing closure of Highway 140, park visitors can exit the park via Highways 120 and 41. The temporary closure is expected to last until Sunday, July 29, 2018.

The Ferguson Fire now in its 14th day, started July 13 on the Sierra National Forest and is managed under unified command between the United States Forest Service, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, CALFIRE and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Much of the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with little to no access roads. Mandatory and advisory evacuations are in place in several areas but no homes have been damaged or destroyed.

The Ferguson Fire is burning in very rough terrain with high firefighter exposure due to very hot conditions and limited access requiring heavy rotor wing support. Prior to the Rough Fire, this river canyon held the record for the largest fire on the Sierra NF which burned in 1924.

The fire is 43,299 acres with 27% containment. 3,686 personnel are currently engaged on the fire which includes 241 engines, 47 water tenders, 18 helicopters, 94 crews, and 63 dozers. There has been 1 fatality and 7 injuries to date. 1 structure has been destroyed.

Updates: Morning’s update andLast Night’s Update

Smoke Report: Southern Sierra and Yosemite

Ferguson Fire Videos on Facebook

Today’s weather : A heat advisory remains in effect until 11:00 PM Thursday

MapsPublic Information mapprogression mapoperations map and fire history map

Social Media:
Sierra National Forest Facebook and Twitter

Stanislaus National Forest Facebook and Twitter

Yosemite National Park Facebook and Twitter

CALFIRE Facebook and Twitter

Road Closures: 
Triangle Road, from Darrah Road to Hwy 49 south Chowchilla Mountain Road, at Hwy 49 south
Harris Road, at Hwy 49 south
Tip Top Road, from Triangle Road to Gunther Road
All roads inside Lushmeadows Subdivision
All roads inside Ponderosa Basin Subdivision
Hwy 140 is closed from 1.9 miles east of Midpines to the Cedar Lodge area MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

Repopulations: Mariposa Pines

Community Meetings: Greeley Hill

Mandatory Evacuations: 
Anderson Valley
Cedar Lodge/Indian Flat Campground
East Westfall Road to Chowchilla mountain Road, and all side roads
El Portal Trailer Court
Incline Road from Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground
Lushmeadows Community
Old El Portal
Old Yosemite Road
Ponderosa Basin Community
Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
Savage’s Trading Post
Tip Top Road from Triangle Road to Gunther Road, including Gunther Road
Triangle Road from Darrah Road in the Lushmeadows area to Highway 49 South, and all side roads
Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite West

Evacuation Advisory: 
This is NOT an Evacuation Order. This is an advisement only of a potential Evacuation Order should conditions change.
East side of Highway 49 South from Darrah Road to Triangle Road. This includes Boyer Road, Woodland Area, Wass Road and Tip Top Road.
Highway 49 South from Stumpfield Mountain Road to the Mariposa-Madera County Line, including Kemble Road, Stumpfield Mountain Road and Watt Road

Jerseydale Road from lower Best to Triangle Roads
Darrah Road from Triangle Road to Sherrod Road
Mariposa Pines/Jerseydale Road
Triangle Road from Jerseydale Road to Highway 49 South, including all side roads.
Mariposa Pines
Sweetwater Ridge

Red Cross Evacuation Center:
Mariposa Elementary School 5044 Jones St, Mariposa, CA 95338

Mariposa Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert System
: To sign up for the go to: https://local.nixle.com/register/

Animal Shelters: Small animals, SPCA, 5599 California 49, Mariposa, CA 95338 and large animals, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA 95338

Donations: When you want to help

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions

Incident Command Post (ICP): The incident command post for the Ferguson Fire is located at the Awahanee Regional Park. An additional camp has been established at Badger Pass.

Cooperators: California Highway PatrolCalTransPacific Gas and Electric, California Conservation CorpsMariposa County Public Works and the American Red Cross