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Sixteen Large Wildfires Burn Over 320,000 Acres In California

CALIFORNIA – Today there are nearly 13,000 firefighters on the lines of 16 large wildfires burning across California. To date, these fires have burned over 320,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,600 structures. Some 17,000 homes continue to be threatened by these fires, and more than 32,000 residents have been evacuated. The Carr Fire is now the sixth most ...

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Minimal Growth On Ferguson Fire, Weather Delays Some Firing Operations

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters held the growth of the Ferguson Fire to just 228 acres today. The fire is now estimated at 58,074 acres and is still 33 percent contained. Officials announced earlier today that the closure of some portions of Yosemite National Park will be extended to Aug. 5. Firefighters cannot always count on being able to conduct firing ...

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Yosemite Valley Will Remain Closed Longer Than Expected

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, and other areas will remain closed to all visitors through Sunday, Aug. 5, due to continued unhealthy smoke impacts and ongoing firefighting operations. The park will continue to assess conditions and reevaluate all ...

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Groveland Ranger District Closes Roads And Trails Due To Fire Danger

SONORA – Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken has signed a forest order closing several Groveland Ranger District roads and trails impacted by the Ferguson Fire. This closure is based on the current and expected fire behavior and will be in effect until Sept. 30, or until replaced or rescinded. Crews and firefighters with heavy equipment and driving emergency vehicles ...

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Reopening Of Yosemite Valley Delayed Until Aug. 3

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park announces Yosemite Valley will reopen to all visitors at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. Limited visitor services will be available inside Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging, and food service operations. Yosemite Valley has been temporarily closed since July 25 due to smoke impacts and for firefighting operations along El Portal Road and the Wawona ...

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YARTS Announces Changes To Schedule Due To Ferguson Fire

FRESNO – With the Ferguson Fire forcing visitors out of many parts of Yosemite National Park, YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) has announced changes to its schedule.E Effective Wednesday, July 25, all YARTS service to Yosemite Valley is suspended until further notice. YARTS will operate on the following schedule on July 25, 2018: Highway 41 (Fresno) Runs 22, 24 ...

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Portions Of Yosemite National Park To Close Ahead Of Ferguson Fire

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that parts of the park will be closed as the nearly 37,000 acre Ferguson Fire moves ever-eastward toward Highway 41 and the communities of Wawona and Yosemite West. Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close at noon tomorrow, July 25, to all visitors due to the ongoing impacts of the fire. These closures ...

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Highway 120 From Tioga Pass To Lee Vining Has Reopened

LEE VINING – **UPDATE 8:36 p.m. the highway has been reopened. Motorists are advised to watch for debris in the roadway.** Original post: As if travelers wishing to visit Yosemite National Park didn’t have enough to deal with, word has come in that Highway 120 – the Tioga Pass Road from the east entrance to five miles west of Lee ...

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Yosemite Heroes Honored For Courageous Actions In Dangerous Rescue

YOSEMITE – Three Yosemite National Park employees were honored on July 4th by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at the 73rd Honor Award Convocation Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Park Ranger Jesse McGahey, Park Ranger Philip N. Johnson, and Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Bliss received the Valor Award of the Department of the Interior for heroic actions, courage, and professionalism exhibited in ...

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Lions Fire Monday Evening Update

CLOVIS – On Tuesday morning, residents of the mountain area may again awake to an orange haze and the smell of smoke, though as of tonight there is no active fire in the immediate area. The Lions Fire continues to burn in the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. Strong winds and dry conditions have resulted in the fire growing to about ...

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