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El Portal Fire Update August 2

YOSEMITE – The El Portal Fire, which started a week ago today, is now estimated at 4,689 acres with 78% containment. The fire remained active throughout the night, and crews worked to mop up, strengthen, and hold the containment line. Today they will continue to cool hot spots within 300 feet of the fire’s edge.

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El Portal Fire Now 78 Percent Contained

YOSEMITE – Firefighters on the El Portal Fire made good progress today, completing a line around 78 percent of the fire. So far the fire has consumed 4,518 acres on the western edge of Yosemite and on the Stanislaus National Forest. Fire officials have also given an estimated containment date of Friday, Aug. 8 at midnight.

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Yosemite Program Creates International Ambassadors Of Sustainability

YOSEMITE – NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation announced the 2014 NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program. Twenty-four high school students were selected from more than 160 applicants from Alcoa communities around the world, representing 18 countries. This summer, these Scholars will participate in a 10-day program immersed in the wonder and science of Yosemite National Park while building connections with each other.

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Update On El Portal Fire July 31

YOSEMITE – Firefighters made good progress today on the El Portal Fire. Though it grew in size to 4,198 acres, it is now 58% contained. Firing operations started today and will continue tonight along the northwestern fire perimeter. On the lower half of the fire, crews began to do mop up and patrol, and backhaul equipment. They will continue these ...

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Evacuations To Be Lifted For Foresta

YOSEMITE – Residents of the community of Foresta will be allowed to return to their homes on Friday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m. as the evacuation order is lifted. Big Oak Flat Road and Highway 120 were reopened yesterday, so all major roads in the park are now open, though visitors are urged to call 209-372-0200 before traveling in the ...

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El Portal Fire Update July 30

YOSEMITE – The El Portal Fire has now grown to 3,600 acres and is 34% contained. There are currently 1,063 personnel assigned to the incident, and the cost to date of suppression efforts is estimated at $4,400,000. Reports from fire officials note that the fire made a one-half to three-quarter mile run in the Crane Creek area today. Two small ...

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Highway 120 Re-Opens In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park has been reopened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, July 30. The road was temporarily closed due to fire activity related to the El Portal Fire. All other roads within the park, including the Tioga Road, are open and clear, with the exception of the Foresta community access ...

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Highway 120 Closed Into Yosemite From West

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that Highway 120, from the Big Oak Flats entrance to Crane Flats, is now closed due to fire behavior on the El Portal Fire. There is no access to Yosemite from the west on this route. Big Oak Flats Road between Highways 140 and 120 is now open, making Tioga Road accessible ...

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Update On The El Portal Fire

YOSEMITE – The El Portal fire continued to gain ground throughout the day, reaching 3,545 acres in size. However, crews made good progress on the lines. Firefighters have achieved 34% containment as the fire continues to char the forest on the west side of Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. There are currently 864 personnel assigned to the ...

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Yosemite Apple Picking Postponed

YOSEMITE – Park Ranger Kari Cobb wants visitors to know that the Yosemite apple picking event set to take place in the Park on Wednesday, July 30, has been postponed. The 16th annual Apple Picking was previously scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. Ranger Cobb says the fruit plucking will be ...

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