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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.

Evacuations Lifted for Yosemite View Lodge and El Portal Residents

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Date: September 1, 2009

The Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 5,257 acres, from 4,909 acres yesterday.  Containment remains at 55%.  The fire continues to be active on the northern flank approaching the Tioga Road near Tamarack Flat and in the upper Crane Creek drainage.

The evacuation of El Portal residents, which occurred Friday evening, August 28, has been lifted as of 7:30 p.m. last evening.  In addition, the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal has reopened for visitors.  Crane Flat and Tamarack Flat Campgrounds, and Foresta remain closed.  There is no projected opening date at this time.

The Big Oak Flat Road is closed to through traffic at the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to the junction of the El Portal Road.  In addition, the Tioga Road remains closed to through traffic from White Wolf to the Crane Flat Gas Station.  There is no projected opening date at this time for either road.  Hodgdon Meadow Campground remains accessible to visitors. 

For additional fire information please visit www.inciweb.org.  In addition, visitors may call 209-372-0669 or 209-372-0327 for updated fire information during business hours.

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

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.