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Electronic Passes Now Available For Yosemite Visitors

YOSEMITE – Visitors to Yosemite National Park will now be able to purchase their park entrance passes electronically through YourPassNow beginning on Thursday, June 21. Once visitors purchase and save their digital pass to their cell phone, or print and bring their purchased pass with them, Rangers will scan their pass at the entrance station. This convenient new service will ...

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Cal Fire Suspends Burn Permits In Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties

MARIPOSA  – After another wet winter, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Madera, Mariposa and ...

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Mariposa Grove Opens After Three-Year Restoration Project

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials dedicated the newly-restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias on Thursday, June 14, following a landmark project to protect the ancient trees and reestablish the area’s natural serenity. “As the largest protection, restoration and improvement project in park history, this milestone reflects the unbridled passion so many people have to care ...

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Cal Fire Seizes Massive Trove Of Illegal Fireworks

SACRAMENTO – With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, Cal Fire announced one of the largest seizures of illegal fireworks in state history today. Following a months long investigation, CCal Fire law enforcement officers arrested seven individuals and seized over 49,000 pounds of fireworks over the past two weeks in connection to a large-scale illegal firework ring. ...

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Yosemite Officials Identify Climbers Who Fell From El Capitan

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have identified the two climbers who died in a fall from El Capitan this morning. The two men are Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colo.; and Tim Klien, 42, from Palmdale, Calif. The two were climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan. Park Rangers received multiple 911 calls reporting the incident and responded to ...

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Two Climbers Die In Fall From El Capitan In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Two climbers fell to their deaths this morning from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Though details of the incident are slim at this time, park officials say the accident happened at approximately 8:15 a.m. The two were climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan. Park Rangers received multiple 911 calls reporting the incident and responded to the ...

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PG&E Responds To Cal Fire’s Allegations That They Caused Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today issued the following statement in response to the release of information by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) regarding some of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires: The safety of our customers, their families and the communities we serve is our most important job. The loss ...

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Cal Fire Releases Cause Of Wildfires In 2017 No. California Firestorm

SACRAMENTO  – Cal Fire investigators have determined the cause of four wildfires in Northern California last October that destroyed hundreds of homes and charred thousands of acres. “After extensive and thorough investigations, investigators have determined that four wildfires in last year’s October Fire Siege were caused by trees coming into contact with power lines,” said Cal Fire in a statement ...

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What To Expect In Yosemite This Holiday Weekend

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day weekend, so plan to arrive before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid the heaviest traffic. Once in the park, visitors are urged to park their vehicles at the Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls, or Half Dome Village parking areas and enjoy Yosemite Valley by using the free shuttle ...

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A Bit Of Rain Doesn’t Dampen The Real Danger Of Wildfire

SACRAMENTO – Despite most of California experiencing mild weather conditions heading into the holiday weekend, this is not the time to let your guard down when it comes to wildfires. Since Jan. 1, Cal Fire has responded to over 1,200 wildfires that have burned nearly 8,000 acres, and crews are still working on the Experimental Fire, that burned nearly 60 ...

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