Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Yosemite Fire Update for July 18, 2013 (#7)
July 18, 2013
Forbidden (37 45.485 x -119 37.116; 7,400" el., Mariposa CO.) This lightning caused fire continues to moderate in activity and remains at approximately 165 acres. This fire began May 21, when a single tree was struck by lightning. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest.
The fire is showing minimal activity. The most active part of the perimeter and where smoke is showing the most is to the north east corner. The fire continues to slow as it smolders and creeps through sparse vegetation and other surface fuels in fields of decomposed granite. Periods of increased fire behavior and smoke may increase due to continued warm weather. Sparse fuels might prevent noticeable increases. Parts of the fire have been observed with 6-12 inch flame lengths as it burns through short brush patches and trees.
Although smoke is visible from various locations in the park, including Tioga Rd, Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point, there have been no smoke impacts to Yosemite Valley. Fire managers are working with Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District concerning potential air quality impacts to nearby smoke sensitive areas.
Fire crews utilized natural barriers to check the fire spread to the south on June 10. They last hiked into the fire area July 12, to further monitor the fire for growth, direction of spread, fire behavior and smoke production.
The Forbidden Fire meets the park's fire management objectives of firefighter and the public safety, as the fire presents few risks to values. The fire poses no threat to park service buildings, roads or infrastructure. When appropriate, fire crews will utilize pack stock for logistical support on this fire in an effort to preserve wilderness character.
The fire was named for the Forbidden Wall along the Yosemite Falls trail.
Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.