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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 »

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    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.

Search Continues for Missing Backpacker in Yosemite National Park

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Date: August 2, 2007

The search continues today for a missing backpacker in the wilderness area east of Merced Lake in Yosemite National Park. Ottorrina Bonaventura, 80, was reported missing on July 30, 2007 when she separated from her group and failed to return to the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp where she was staying.

Over 100 searchers from Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Ventura, Santa Clara, and Fresno counties, as well as from the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, the National Park Service, and DNC Parks and Resorts in Yosemite, Inc. are participating in the search effort. Dog teams and helicopters are being used as well.

Ms. Bonaventura is described as being 5' tall with dyed blond hair and brown eyes. She is an experienced hiker, but does have a history of memory loss.

Search managers are asking that anyone who has been in Yosemite's backcountry east of Merced Lake and south of Tuolumne Meadows please contact them EVEN IF THEY DID NOT SEE ANYONE MATCHING HER DESCRIPTION.

The Incident Investigations Unit can be reached at 209/372-0778.

Did You Know?

Riparian area in Tuolumne Meadows

Riparian communities are adjacent to the river channel and tributaries; they are the interface between the river and surrounding meadow and upland communities. They provide specialized habitat and important nutrients to the meadow and river systems.