A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for Wawona.
Last night, as a result of increased winds due to thunderstorms, several spot fires started west of the fire lines close to the community of Wawona. One spot fire is at 50 acres. Firefighters are strengthening contingency lines, however thunderstorm activity, which may again bring winds, are forecast for the next several days.
An evacuation order has been placed for the community of Wawona. Evacuation order is for all areas east of Highway 41 along Chilnualna Falls Road and Forest Drive. Residents and visitors must vacate by 4:00 pm today. The Wawona Campground remains open. The Big Trees Lodge is closed due to the fact that Yosemite Hospitality Employees that work there are being evacuated.
A Red Cross shelter is available at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp. A community meeting scheduled for tonight has been moved to the Tenaya Lodge at 6 pm.
August 19, 2017
Last updated: August 19, 2017