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How Firefighters Saved Yosemite West, What They’re Doing Now

YOSEMITE – Though the firefight has ended on the nearly 97,000-acre Ferguson Fire and only a few smokes remain throughout the interior, the work of repair and restoration continues. On a recent trip to Yosemite West, I was escorted by Anne Grandy, retired from the Bass Lake Ranger District and now serving as a PIO on the South Central Sierra ...

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Four Wildfires Still Burning In Yosemite Wilderness Areas

YOSEMITE – As we move into the fall season, we are reminded that though temperature may be cooling down, fire season is not over. There are currently four fires still burning in Yosemite National Park’s wilderness. While hiking trails and sitting at vistas throughout the park, visitors may see smoke in some of these areas and are reminded that wildfires, ...

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Expect Delays In Yosemite As Traffic Data Equipment Is Replaced

YOSEMITE – Visitors to Yosemite National Park should be prepared for one-lane traffic control at numerous locations throughout the park through the end of October. From Sept. 10 to Oct. 28, the park will be replacing the existing traffic counters in Yosemite, beginning this week along Tioga Road. At each location, the park will be installing loop vehicle detectors in ...

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Teen Dies In Fall From Nevada Fall While Reportedly Taking A Selfie

YOSEMITE – A young man visiting from Israel died when he fell from the top of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter of Jerusalem was killed when he fell about 500 feet. They have ruled the fall an accident. Yosemite officials are still investigating the incident and ...

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Don’t Let The Temps Fool You, Wildfires Don’t Know Seasons

SACRAMENTO – As Labor Day officially signals the end of summer, Cal Fire officials are encouraging Californians to be cautious with outdoor plans this weekend as wildfire risk remains high. With millions of people taking advantage of the holiday weekend to visit beaches, parks, and campgrounds, we need everyone to be extra vigilant in preventing wildfires. “This year we have ...

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Glacier Point Road In Yosemite National Park To Reopen

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that Glacier Point Road will reopen to all vehicles at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. Glacier Point Road has been closed since July 19 due to fire activities associated with the Ferguson Fire, which began on July 13. Firefighters have been removing hazard trees and falling tree branches and mopping up ...

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Repairs Complete, Highway 140 Opens With No Restrictions

YOSEMITE – Park officials have announced that repairs to the power lines along Highway 140 (El Portal Road) into Yosemite National Park have been completed and the highway will be open on Sunday with no restrictions. The closures on Friday and Saturday were necessary to allow crews access to replace the high voltage power lines that service Yosemite Valley and ...

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Highway 140 To Close During The Day This Weekend, Plan Ahead

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park announces that there will be a temporary closure on the El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park from the Parkline in El Portal to the El Portal Road/Big Oak Flat Road Junction (Highway 140/Highway 120 junction). This closure will be in effect each day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, ...

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Ferguson Fire Is Now 100 Percent Contained

YOSEMITE – It has been 37 days since the Ferguson Fire began burning in the Merced River Canyon near Savage Trading Post, and today officials have announced that the fire is 100 percent contained at 96,904 acres. The fire has scorched land on the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests, inside Yosemite National Park, on BLM holdings, and in Cal Fire’s ...

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