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 Fires (Update #11)
October 03, 2012
Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800'El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground and helicopter observations, the fire is at approximately 1,683 acres. Approximately 20% of the perimeter is active on the west flank and is backing down the main fork of Cascade Creek. The fire continues to creep and smolder in light brush and compact needle cast from the red fir forest. Warm weather, dry fuels and stronger nighttime down canyon winds have caused a slight increase in fire spread and behavior.
Yosemite fire crews are finishing both direct and indirect handlines to keep the fire from moving southwest into steeper portions of Cascade Creek and reduce smoke output. The fire is likely to continue spreading west/northwest into continuous red fir and lodgepole pine.
The south, southeast and east flanks are showing very little fire activity and are nearly out and/or cold as the fire has burned into previous handlines, installed to check the fire spread to the southeast, granite and sparse fuels. Little future growth is predicted along those flanks. The fire will continue to be monitored.
Air quality has remained in the good range with no significant health impacts in nearby smoke sensitive areas. Air quality monitors are located in the communities of Foresta, Yosemite West, Yosemite Valley, El Portal and Lee Vining. Smoke from the fire is visible in multiple areas along the Wawona, Big Oak Flat, Glacier Point and Tioga roads. The park's webcam, located at Crane Flat Helibase, captures fire images, which can be viewed at: http://ssgic.cr.usgs.gov/dashboards/WebCam.htm.
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