Yosemite National Park Remains Open for the Holiday Weekend
Big Meadow Fire 70% Contained
Yosemite National Park remains open for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Yosemite Valley remains accessible to visitors via Highway 140 and Highway 41. Access to Tuolumne Meadows, Olmsted Point, and White Wolf from the east side (via Hwy. 395 at Lee Vining) remains open utilizing the Tioga Pass Entrance. All campgrounds in the park are open with the exception of Crane Flat Campground and Tamarack Flat Campground.
The Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 7,240 acres, from 5,938 acres yesterday. The fire is 70% contained. The most active portion of the fire continues to be the northern flank approaching the Tioga Road near Tamarack Flat and in the upper Crane Creek drainage.
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. These closures will remain in effect through the Labor Day weekend and until further notice.
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?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.