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Empire Fire Now Estimated At 1,200 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park southeast of Bridalveil Campground, is now estimated at 1,200 acres. Smoke from the fire — along with smoke from the South Fork Fire near Wawona — continues to obscure views inside the park, particularly in the morning hours. There are currently 33 personnel assigned to the ...

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Wawona Residents Warned To Be Prepared To Evacuate

YOSEMITE — A hazard alert message is being issued for the community of Wawona due to the South Fork Fire, burning just east of the community along the Merced River. The fire is now estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment. Extreme fire behavior is being reported including torching, short crown and uphill runs. There are currently 25 personnel ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — The fire burning near the community of Wawona is putting up a lot of smoke, but resources are on scene. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 20-30 acres, and moving upslope to the northeast. There is no estimate of containment at this time. Access to the fire’s location is not possible with engines, but there is ...

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Fire Reported Near Wawona Inside Yosemite

YOSEMITE — A huge plume of smoke is visible for miles as a new fire is burning near the community of Wawona inside Yosemite National Park. The fire is reported to be burning at the South Fork of the Merced River drainage, south of Wawona Dome. The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. We do not have an acreage ...

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Update On The Empire Fire Burning In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 850 acres. There are currently 33 personnel assigned to the incident, who are continuing to improve hand lines where necessary and conduct firing operations as needed along existing lines. The southwest side of the fire continues to work its way south along ...

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Why Are Fires Allowed To Burn In Yosemite National Park?

YOSEMITE — With smoke from the Empire Fire affecting many iconic views in Yosemite National Park, many may wonder why they are allowed to burn. Recent weather events have sparked at least seven lightning fires in the park — most less than one-quarter acre —  and those fires are all part of the natural ecology of the area, as was ...

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Empire Fire In Yosemite Is Now 750 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 750 acres. Smoke from the fire continues to impact surrounding areas, especially in the morning hours. The fire is burning in red fir timber, dormant brush and hardwood slash, with pockets of green leaf manzanita and chinquapin brush as well as heavy ...

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Empire Fire In Yosemite Now Over 400 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire in Yosemite is now estimated at 412 acres. The lightning-cause fire was first reported on July 31. It is burning in the wilderness area in a red fire forest, approximately one mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, and is being managed for both resource ...

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Pick Some Apples To Help Keep Bears Wild

YOSEMITE — All visitors, employees and residents are invited to enjoy the morning in Yosemite National Park at an apple picking party. This is an annual event that was started as part of efforts to help reduce bear-human contact in the park, and to “Help Keep Yosemite’s Bears Wild.” The event will take place Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the Curry ...

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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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