Safety Closure (wildlife protection)May 31, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)
Due to increasing bear activity along the Snow Creek Trail and the resulting potential for negative human-bear interactions, the area to the south and east of the footbridge as depicted on the attached map will be closed to overnight camping. The National Park Service will continue to monitor bear activity in this area and will re-open the area to camping as soon as conditions allow.
By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) (1):
The area marked on the accompanying map entitled Wildlife Safety Closure dated May 31, 2017 is closed to overnight camping or unattended food (even when stored properly).
The marked area remains open for day use.
Notice of closure will be posted and area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see map below for more information.
Stage 1 Fire RestrictionsAugust 2, 2017 (The designation will remain in place until rescinded.)
Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage I fire restrictions until further notice is given.
By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13 (c):
• No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite National Park below 6,000 feet in elevation. "Sierra" (twig) stoves are not permitted. Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel or propane are permitted, as are alcohol stoves (with and without a shutoff valve) including alcohol tablet/cube stoves.
• No smoking below 6,000 feet except within an enclosed vehicle, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed or in a designated smoking area. All public buildings, public areas of concession buildings (including restrooms), other areas as posted and within 25 feet of any non-single family residential building remain closed to smoking at all times.
• Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds, picnic areas and residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.
• Designated Campgrounds and Picnic Areas: Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Yellow Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, Tuolumne Meadows., Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swinging Bridge, Church Bowl, and Lower Yosemite Falls.
There are no administrative exemptions to this order. Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.
Safety Closure Due to Multiple Wildland FiresOctober 4, 2017 (This designation will remain in place until rescinded.)
Portions of the Empire Fire remain active within its perimeter while fire intensities throughout the South Fork fire area have been effectively reduced or mitigated by firefighters. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded on the Empire Fire while allowing for public access in the South Fork Fire area the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is rescinding and maintaining the following area closures until further notice is given.
By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):
The Empire fire area as depicted on the accompanying map entitled “Yosemite National Park Fire Safety Closures #5” remains closed to all travel.
The closures affecting the South Fork Fire area have been rescinded; all areas previously closed under these orders are now open to the public.
Hikers and trail users are urged to exercise caution in the fire area due to uneven terrain, logs, rolling debris and isolated areas of lingering heat. Additionally, high winds will increase the potential for fire weakened tree failures in this Wilderness area.
Notice of closure will be posted and the area will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated. Please see accompanying map for more information.
This order supersedes all prior area closures. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.
Last updated: October 6, 2017