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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.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open (August 2011)

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Date: August 26, 2011

Motor Fire West of Highway 140 Entrance Continues to Burn

Yosemite National Park remains fully open and operational while a wildfire burns west of the park in Mariposa County. Although the Highway 140 entrance into the park is closed, Highways 120 and 41 remain open and all visitor services are available within the park. Additionally, the Tioga Road remains open for visitors entering the park via Highway 395.  

A wildfire, named the Motor Fire, was started yesterday when a motorhome caught fire on Highway 140 approximately 10 miles west of the Arch Rock Entrance. The fire quickly spread to both sides of the Merced River and burned through the river canyon. Initial attack on the fire began immediately.  

As of noon today, the fire is still in initial attack stage and has grown to approximately 3,000 acres. The fire is being managed by the Sierra National Forest and Stanislaus National Forest, with cooperation from the National Park Service, Mariposa County Sheriff's Office, Mariposa County Fire, the California Highway Patrol, CalFire, and several other agencies. Approximately 650 firefighters, air tankers, and helicopters are currently battling the fire. More resources are coming in throughout the day.  

Yosemite Valley remains relatively smoke free and visitors with reservations within the park are encouraged to keep their plans. Additionally, the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal is accessible through Yosemite Valley and out the Arch Rock Entrance Station.  

Highway 140 remains closed approximately 10 miles east of Mariposa to all incoming traffic. There is no estimated date or time for opening Highway 140 at this time.

Two fire information hotlines are staffed and operational 24 hours: 209-372-0327 and 209-372-0329. For updated information on the fire, please also visit: http://inciweb.org/incident/2520/

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.