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YARTS Offers Free Rides To Yosemite On Free Gate Days

MERCED – Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) announced today that it will provide free transit service to Yosemite National Park on all free National Park Service (NPS) gate days for the next three years. YARTS will receive funding through the Federal Lands Access Program for a three-year demonstration project to operate free buses to Yosemite on all free NPS ...

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South Fork Fire In Yosemite Now at 1,700 Acres

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire, burning inside Yosemite National Park just east of Wawona, is now estimated at 1,700 acres, still with 0 percent containment. While residents and visitors in Wawona are still in a preparation mode for any possible evacuation, none has been ordered as of this hour. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team took over ...

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South Fork Fire Now Over 1,600 Acres

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire continues to grow just east of the community of Wawona near the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park. The fire is burning in wilderness but is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to Wawona. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 1,613 acres with 0 percent containment. There are currently ...

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South Fork Fire More Than Doubles In Size

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire, burning on the southern end of Yosemite National Park just east of the community of Wawona, is now being estimated at 900 acres with 0 percent containment. Air recon of the South Fork Fire this morning provided the new estimated acreage. The growth was primarily north-northeast with some backing down the South Fork drainage. ...

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Wawona Star Party Canceled Due To Evacuations

UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 19: Event canceled due to evacuations for the South Fork Fire. UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 14: Wawona Star Party – may be canceled due to fire. “Stay tuned,” says the UC Yosemite Field Station in Wawona. WAWONA — The public is invited to join like-minded wonderers at the UC Yosemite Field Station in Wawona for a night of star-gazing and ...

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Firefighters Focus On Protecting Wawona From South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire is creating very smoky conditions on the southern end of Yosemite National Park and continues to threaten the community of Wawona. The fire is still estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment. Today, firefighters will continue to aggressively suppress the spread of the fire toward the community of Wawona on west flank, and ...

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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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