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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.

Yosemite National Park Invites the Public to Community Safety Day (2011)

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Date: July 7, 2011

Safety Events to Focus on Community Health, Safety, and Emergency Services

Yosemite National Park invites the public to participate in Community Safety Day in Yosemite National Park on Friday, July 15th, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Yosemite Village mall (in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center).

Visitors and community members will have the opportunity to see Yosemite’s Mounted Patrol horses, meet Yosemite search and rescue dogs, and learn about road, water, wildlife, wilderness, and fire safety. Activity books designed by “Little Ty Cooney” author Steve Riley will be available, free of charge, to children attending this year’s event along with other safety prizes. Activities include a bike safety and a fire prevention trailer. Adults can participate in free cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, and obtain free child identification kits. Information will also be available about community resources and emergency preparedness.

This free event is put on by Yosemite National Park, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the Yosemite Medical Clinic, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department, Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR), and Friends of YOSAR.

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.