Fire Restrictions

As fire danger increases during summer, Yosemite National Park may implement fire restrictions. There are two stages of restrictions, which affect where the restrictions apply.

 
 

Where do fire restrictions apply?

Stage 1 restrictions apply to all park areas below 6,000 feet (but not to open designated campgrounds and open picnic areas with grills in the frontcountry).

Stage 2 restrictions apply parkwide, regardless of elevation, including High Sierra Camps and Little Yosemite Valley (but not to open designated campgrounds and open picnic areas with grills in the frontcountry).

What are the stage 1 fire restrictions?

  • Wood and charcoal fires (including twig stoves) are prohibited below 6,000 feet except in open campgrounds, open picnic areas that have park-installed grills, and residential areas. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed in existing fire rings above 6,000 feet. Fires are not allowed at Lower Cathedral Lake and within 1/4 mile of the shorelie of Kibbie Lake. Use dead and down wood only. Do not leave fires unattended.
  • Portable stoves that don't use wood are allowed. Allowed stoves are those that use pressurized gas, liquid fuel, propane, or alcohol (including tablet/cub stoves).
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, open, designated campgrounds and picnic areas where wood or charcoal fires are allowed, paved developed areas, and designated smoking areas.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited in Yosemite National Park.

What are the stage 2 fire restrictions?

  • Wood and charcoal fires (including twig stoves) are prohibited except in open campgrounds, open picnic areas with park-installed grills, and residential areas.
  • Portable stoves that don't use wood are allowed. Allowed stoves are those that use pressurized gas, liquid fuel, propane, or alcohol (including tablet/cub stoves).
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, designated campgrounds, designated picnic areas, paved developed areas, and designated smoking areas.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited in Yosemite National Park.

How are Fire Restrictions Determined?

Fire restrictions may go into effect based on conditions at Crane Flat. When energy release component (which is related to how hot a fire could burn based on current conditions) at Crane Flat exceeds 70 for three consecutive days, stage 1 restrictions may go into effect. When the energy release component exceeds 80 for three consecutive days, stage 2 restrictions may go into effect.

 
Map showing entire park under fire restrictions

Last updated: September 29, 2020

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