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Marcus Mazzaferri Rescue: Happy To Be Alive

YOSEMITE — When Marcus Mazzaferri set off from Campo, California at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on April 1, his plan was to hike the all the way to the other end at Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a long-distance hike closely aligned with the highest portion of the ...

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NWS Issues Excessive Heat Watch

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Friday afternoon through Monday evening. The warning has been issued for the Central San Joaquin Valley and Mariposa, Madera and Fresno County Foothills including the cities of Oakhurst and Mariposa, and surrounding areas. High temperatures are predicted to be warming ...

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El Portal Road In Yosemite National Park Remains Closed

YOSEMITE — The El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a rockslide that occurred yesterday around Noon. Yosemite National Park staff are assessing the area and the road will remain closed at least through the weekend of June 17-18. After the assessment is complete, crews will begin to remove rock debris and ...

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Highway 140 Closed Into Yosemite Due To Rock Slide

YOSEMITE — What is being described as a “significant rock slide” near Dog Rock on Highway 140 has forced the closure of the roadway for at least 24 hours. The rockfall was reported around noon today and has closed the El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance. The rockfall is inside the park boundary about two miles east of the ...

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Soupbowl Prescribed Burn Halted Due To Rain And Snow

YOSEMITE — At 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, Yosemite Fire and Aviation started ignition on the Soupbowl Prescribed Fire Unit between the South Entrance to Yosemite National Park and the community of Wawona. At 9 p.m., operations were shut down due to mixed rain and snow. Burn conditions were good leading up to the weather event, and 5-10 acres ...

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Massive Snow Damage At Tioga Pass Resort, May Not Open This Season

YOSEMITE — After a winter of heavy snowfall, news from one of the Yosemite area’s favorite lodging destinations — the Tioga Pass Resort (TPR) — is not good. Upon arriving at the resort on May 30 when the roadway was finally plowed enough to allow access, staff found the buildings buried beneath mountains of snow and were forced to cancel ...

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Full Honey Moon Is Lowest Of The Year

EARTH – Known as the honey moon for its sometimes-amber color, or strawberry moon for seasonal abundance, the June moon is technically full at 5:10 a.m. PST on Friday, June 9. It’s the lowest and to the eye appears to be the smallest moon of the year when viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. What looks like a bright star nearby is actually ...

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Snow Plows Reach The Top Of Tioga Pass In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — “Not long after this picture was taken, park road crews plowed their way to Tioga Pass!” is the announcement on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page. On Monday, June 6, National Park Service road crews plowing eastbound, and Caltrans road crews plowing westbound, met at Tioga Pass. “While this is exciting, we still have a lot of work ...

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Prescribed Fire Planned For Highway 41 Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire for the week of June 12, weather conditions permitting, in the Unit 26 Soupbowl B project area along Highway 41 south of Wawona. The plan is to burn 2-3 segments ranging from 103 acres to 174 acres. The amount of acres to be considered is based on air ...

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Search Continues For Man Who Fell From Mist Trail In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The search continues for a hiker who fell from the Mist Trail into the Merced River in Yosemite National Park yesterday. On Monday, June 5, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a white, male hiker described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a shaved or bald head, was reported to have fallen from the trail. Park officials sought the ...

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