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More Than 12,000 Firefighters Battling 19 Large Wildfires

CALIFORNIA — The lack of resources and the limited air power on the Railroad Fire is frustrating. However, communities across the state are in the same situation as 19 large wildfires, and countless smaller ones, demand response. Adding to the challenges is the near record-breaking heat, and humidity levels dipping down into the single digits. In the northern part of ...

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Yosemite National Park Adds Two New Shuttle Buses

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has added two new shuttle buses to the park’s fleet which serves over 3.7 million visitors each year. Visitors are encouraged to park their vehicles in a day-parking area, at their campground or lodging, and ride the park’s free shuttle to explore Yosemite Valley. With the addition of these two new diesel-electric hybrid buses, Yosemite ...

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Massive Damage Means Tioga Pass Resort Won’t Open Until 2019

YOSEMITE — After the Tioga Pass Resort suffered massive damage from the record snowfall this past winter, the owners have been evaluating their situation over the summer months. After realizing they couldn’t possibly open this summer, sadly, it has become apparent that the damage is too extensive to even anticipate opening for the 2018 season. Resort staff posted this message ...

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Fire Officials Talk To Residents About South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — The community of Wawona gathered last night to hear from fire officials and law enforcement about suppression efforts and evacuation plans for the South Fork Fire. The fire is now estimated at 2,407 acres with 7 percent containment. Incident Commander Deron Mills of the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is also the Deputy Fire Chief in Yosemite, ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Wednesday 6 PM

YOSEMITE — For the third straight day, residents and visitors on the southern end of Yosemite National Park woke to a haze from the smoke of the South Fork Fire. The smoke had lifted by this afternoon in the community of Wawona, where residents are still in a preparation mode for any possible evacuation. However, the fire is not directly ...

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Yosemite Announces Closure Of Trails In South Fork Fire Area

YOSEMITE — As the South Fork Fire continues to threaten the areas surrounding the community of Wawona, certain trails have been closed to the public. “In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating the following area as closed until further notice is given: ...

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Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintended of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title ...

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Empire Fire Burning In Yosemite, Smoke May Be Visible

YOSEMITE — Residents of the areas surrounding Yosemite National Park may be seeing smoke from a lightning-caused fire inside the park. The Empire Fire was reported on the night of July 31, and is currently estimated at 147 acres. This fire is being managed for multiple objectives — both protection and resources, say park officials. The Empire Fire is approximately ...

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Campground And Services Now Open In Tuolumne Meadows

YOSEMITE — After a long winter of heavy snowfall and delayed openings along Highway 120 (Tioga Pass), things are now bustling at Tuolumne Meadows. The Tuolumne Meadows Store is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill opened for the season on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The Hikers Bus and the Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle ...

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Will The Largest And Fastest Firefighting Plane Soon Be Put To Work?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  As fire officials on the Detwiler Fire made requests for more VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers), and people learned about this massive firefighting plane — the SuperTanker — just sitting on the ground because it hadn’t been approved to fight fires by the U.S. Forest Service, people got angry, and then they got vocal. KKTV in ...

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