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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.

Trails Reopen after Lightning Caused Fires in Yosemite National Park

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Date: October 7, 2010

All trails previously closed in the areas of Harden Lake and Vernon Lake in Yosemite National Park due to lightning caused fires are now reopened. These include all trails to Pate Valley from White Wolf and the Tiltill Valley Trail Junction to Lake Vernon. All trails through the Harden Lake and Vernon Lake areas have been closed since mid-August due to two lightning caused fires.  

Visitors to the area are urged to be aware that branches of trees may be weak due to the fire activity. Visitors are also advised to be aware of burning snags and logs that may still be present in the areas of the previously burning fires.  

The Slope Fire and the Vernon Fire were both located in Yosemite Wilderness and posed no threat to park facilities. The fires were managed by Yosemite Fire Crews for ecological benefits. Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem. It reduces dead vegetation, stimulates new growth, and improves habitat for wildlife.  

Cooperating agencies included San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District.  

For more information on fire, please visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/current_fire.htm or call 209-372-0480.


Did You Know?

View of Yosemite Valley from the Wawona Tunnel Vista.

Rockfall events have helped shape many of the outstanding features along Yosemite Valley's walls, including Royal Arches, North Dome, and Half Dome. Giant talus slopes that slant away from the Valley walls accumulate debris with each rockfall event.