Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
Yosemite National Park Prescribed Burn Successful
Yosemite National Park fire managers are pleased to announce that the prescribed fire near Crane Flat has been successfully completed. Fire officials ignited the prescribed fire on Tuesday, June 29 after extensive preparation, including roadside thinning of vegetation and the ignition of several burn piles.
The goal of the prescribed burn was to reduce fire fuels near the park boundary, the Rockefeller Grove of sugar pine trees, and structures located in the Crane Flat area. All goals for the fire have been successfully met. The objective burn area of 200 acres burned was accomplished. This fire was the first prescribed fire in this location; however, other areas near the site have previously been burned.
Smoke impacts to El Portal, Foresta, and Hodgdon Meadows were minimal. Fire crews will remain onsite throughout the next couple of weeks to observe any remaining hotspots and to help mop-up the area.
No injuries were reported during the prescribed fire. Fire crews from Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, Stanlislaus National Forest, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area assisted in the prescribed burn.
Did You Know?
Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.