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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.

Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

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Date: September 29, 2011

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park near Bishop Creek along the Wawona Road, on Friday, September 30, 2011. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 5,224 acres. The burn area will be broken up into segments, with Segment A being ignited on Friday, and will include 1,400 acres. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite National Park will be present during all fire activity.  

It is estimated that the burn will take approximately four to five days to complete. Temperatures over the scheduled burn dates are predicted to be in the mid 60's to low 70's.  

Smoke from the burn may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in Yosemite West, Wawona, Yosemite Valley, El Portal and Foresta. There is a possibility of nighttime smoke impacts along the Wawona Road.  

The goal of this prescribed burn is to reduce fire fuels near the communities of Yosemite West, Wawona, Glacier Point, and El Portal. This prescribed fire will help to reduce over-accumulation of fuels near these communities, thereby reducing the chances of wildfires.  

Historically, fire has burned as frequently as every four to twelve years in this particular area. However, there have been no fires in the vicinity for the past 25 years. This project is another step in restoring fire depending forest ecosystems in Yosemite National Park's lower mixed conifer pine forest.

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Youth from local communities show off their artistic talent through poetry and art in Yosemite National Park’s Gateway Expressions Art and Poetry Contest. Families and park staff celebrate the creative talents of these local students through a special exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery in the fall.