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    Yosemite

    National Park California

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  • Temporary Closures Due to Fire

    All main roads within Yosemite National Park, including the Big Oak Flat Road, are open. Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. The community of Foresta remains closed. More »

Fire Videos

Firefighters stand in a silhouette

Best Intentions
Lots of Learning Experiences: We now know that giant sequoia groves need to burn in order to be saved. Learn how early park managers discovered the importance of fire the hard way, and see how fire is carefully managed today. (26 minutes)

 
People stoke a fire to begin burning a meadow
Restoring a Meadow
Local American Indians, park fire managers, and blackberry weeders team up to save a meadow in danger of losing its unique native plants. (7 minutes)
 
Firefighter stands in Yosemite landscape

Study the Scientist
Fire archeologist Jun Kinoshita assists the Resource Advisor Program, providing resource information--such as vulnerable plant or animal species, or cultural resources--before and after wildland fire incidents and prescribed burns. (3 minutes 40 seconds)

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.