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  • 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.

Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park Continues to Grow

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Date: August 27, 2009

A prescribed fire set by Yosemite National Park Fire Crews yesterday has grown beyond the predetermined fire perimeter and full suppression efforts are in effect.  The fire was originally slated to burn 90 acres, however it burned beyond the fire lines.

Once the fire began burning beyond the perimeter late yesterday morning, National Park Service (NPS) Firefighters began suppression efforts.  However, the fire continued to grow and forced the closure of the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) from Crane Flat to the junction of the El Portal Road (Highway 140).  NPS firefighters ordered additional resources (air tankers, bulldozers, ground crews, etc.) and continued to fight the fires throughout the evening. 

Throughout last night and continuing through today, the fire has grown to 2,200 acres. No homes have been lost.   Residents of Foresta and campers in the Crane Flat Campground were moved and there continues to be no access to these areas.  Highway 120 in the park will remain closed until further notice. 

Resources currently on the fire include approximately 500 firefighters, three helicopters, four air tankers, and 24 engines.  Supporting agencies include Mariposa County, Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, and Cal Fire.

The fire is currently 10% contained.

For additional fire information please visit www.nps.gov/yose/fire and www.nps.gov/fire/public/pub_firenews.cfm.  In addition, visitors may call 209-372-0669 or 209-372-0327 for updated fire information during business hours.

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.