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Forest Service Temporarily Closes Eleven California National Forests, Adds Prohibitions in Others

Image of a smoke-filled forest.

VALLEJO — Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety ...

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Safe and Well Registration Website

Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020 – 10:30 am – If you have safely evacuated from the #CreekFire, please consider registering yourself through the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. This public resource allows family and friends to search for you so they can have the peace of mind that you are well. https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/

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Yosemite Alert: Fire Advisory for Wawona

YOSEMITE – FIRE ADVISORY: Wawona residents and visitors should GET SET and prepare their home and family for the possibility of having to evacuate due to the Creek Fire burning on the Sierra National Forest. This incident may require evacuation in 24 hours or more if the threat increases. An evacuation warning means there is a potential threat to life ...

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Visitors to the Forest Should Always be “Bear Aware.”

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Bears are attracted to anything scented or edible (such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.) and improperly stored human or pet food and garbage are temptations bears can’t resist. Once bears gain access to food or garbage, they become less cautious of people and may exhibit bold behavior in their search ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Thunderstorms on Mt. Dana

Image of a thunderstorm on Mt. Dana.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node263. Here at 12,400′ elevation on the Mt. Dana trail, you’re only 600 feet below the summit. There is very little plant life, as you are well-above the timber line in the alpine zone. Weather here can deteriorate rapidly. On this day, the sky was completely cloudless and temperatures were in the ...

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Progress for the Mariposa Creek Parkway

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors gave its final approval on Tuesday to acquire the last major piece of land needed to build the northern extension of the Mariposa Creek Parkway. The 187-acre property, located between the Mariposa County Jail and Fournier Road in Mariposa, provides direct access to Mariposa Creek and is anticipated to also be used ...

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U.S. Army Joining USDA Forest Service Wildland Fire Operations in California

CALIFORNIA – The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) have coordinated with the Department of Defense for the deployment of approximately 200 soldiers plus command staff to help with wildfire suppression efforts in Northern California. The soldiers are due to arrive early this week from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade ...

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Yosemite National Park Updates

OAKHURST – Click on the links for updates and road conditions. Please note that Hwy 49 is OPEN!!! Thank you to our fire fighters for containing the #mocfire to 80%!! 08-27-20 Daily Conditions Report      08-27-20 CALIFORNIA ROAD CONDITIONS Click here for current and upcoming events in the local area:  https://www.yosemitethisyear.com/whats-happening Just a friendly reminder that Yosemite National Park ...

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