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.
Rockfall in Yosemite National Park
A rockfall occurred in Yosemite National Park at approximately 7:00 am on October 8, 2008 near Curry Village in eastern Yosemite Valley. Park officials estimated the rockfall volume at approximately 1,800 cubic yards, which released near the halfway point up the granite face above Curry Village.
Three visitors received minor injuries during the incident. All three were treated and released. The rockfall destroyed an estimated seven visitor cabins; two hard sided, and three tent cabins. At least three other cabins received partial damage in the incident.
Curry Village visitors were evacuated immediately. Park officials are currently assessing the rockfall.
Media calls can be directed to 209/372-0248. Public information can be obtained by calling Yosemite National Park at 209/372-0200 (press 3 then 5). Information for visitors with reservations at Curry Village can call DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. at 801/559-5000.
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.