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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.

Spring Prescribed Fire Program to Begin in Yosemite National Park

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Date: April 8, 2008

The National Park Service announced plans today to conduct a prescribed fire in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park. This burn is scheduled to begin April 9, 2008, and to continue for approximately two weeks, weather and air quality conditions permitting. The total area of the burn is about 2,000 acres. The fire unit is composed of grass, brush, ponderosa pine and other mixed conifers.

The prime benefit of this prescribed fire is to ensure defensible space for the community of Wawona. Fire managers will utilize the area burned in last fall’s Jack Fire, areas which were recently thinned, and previously burned areas as natural barriers. These recent treatments will increase the margin of safety for firefighters by reducing fire intensity along the current project’s boundary.

Prescribed fire is designed to thin forests and reduce the accumulation of unnatural fuel loads, composed of dead and down trees and other vegetative forest litter. The prescribed fire will create a mosaic of diverse habitats for plants and animals and will help recycle nutrients, aiding in the sprouting and re-growth of plants, shrubs, and trees.

This project is the first of several spring prescribed burns in the park. Other projects are planned for areas around El Portal, Foresta, and the Hodgdon Meadow area.

Did You Know?

American black bear

Black bears in Yosemite are active both day and night. Most bears that rely on natural food sources are active during the day. However, those that get food from people are often active at night, when they can quietly sneak around and grab unattended food. More...