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PG&E Update on Mono Wind Event and Preparations for Upcoming Severe Weather

Wind event update – PG&E crews continue to work on repairing damage from last weeks mono wind event. In some areas, they are essentially having to rebuild the infrastructure from scratch, particularly near Wawona and Fish Camp. Currently about 800 customers remain out of power. PG&E brought in temporary generation to restore many customers, and may install more in the ...

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Yosemite National Park Will Remain Closed Due to Significant Winter Storm Warning

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Yosemite will remain closed at least until Saturday, January 30, 2021, conditions permitting. Park staff continue to clear roads and trails, mitigate hazard trees, and work toward restoring safe conditions for employees and visitors due to last week’s Mono wind event. A significant winter storm is forecast to begin Tuesday night. Hazardous conditions, including substantial snow ...

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Yosemite National Park Weather Alert

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park and the National Weather Service is forecasting heavy snow, rain, and winds starting late afternoon Tuesday, with heaviest rain/snow Wednesday and Thursday. Snow level will start around 2,000 feet and rise to about 5,000 ft. Up to 10-12 feet of snow is possible at the higher elevations. Please be advised of the current and upcoming ...

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Wawona Property Owners Update

This is a message from Yosemite National Park. Update Jan. 22 at 3:30 pm Wawona Residents: COMMUNITY MEETING. There will be a community meeting tomorrow, January 23, at 10:00 am at the Wawona Community Center hosted by the NPS. Community members are encouraged to attend to get first-hand information on the status of the situation in Wawona and what progress ...

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Wawona and Yosemite West Residents: REMAIN SHELTERED IN PLACE

A “Yose Alert” has been issued. Wawona and Yosemite West Residents: REMAIN SHELTERED IN PLACE. Continued hazardous wind conditions, downed power lines, downed and weakened trees make it unsafe to be outside. There will be no access in or out of these communities for at least the next 24-48 hours. Yosemite National Park will be closed today, Tuesday, January 19, ...

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Yosemite: Crane Flat Prescribed Fire

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Fire Crews are preparing for a 20 acre prescribed fire near Crane Flat Lookout along the Helibase access road and Garnett Ridge Road adjacent to the Merced Grove. Depending on weather and smoke dispersion, this project is planned to start Wednesday January 20th, 2021. Ignition could last four to five days with smoke lingering in the area for one to two weeks. Smoke impacts will be ...

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A Reminder to Recreate Responsibly During MLK Weekend and Amidst the Ongoing Pandemic

Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times. VALLEJO, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service and California State Parks invite Californians to do their part to ensure safe and healthy outdoor experiences during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and amidst the ongoing pandemic. Simple actions such as staying local, planning ahead, and following social distancing guidelines, can ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Winter in Yosemite Valley

Image of El Capitan in winter.

YOSEMITE — The peace and relative quiet of Yosemite in winter, particularly after a fresh snow fall, can be a magical experience. Unfortunately, travel in California is currently restricted to within 120 miles of home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the beauty of Yosemite persists. Yosemite is now open only to day use visitors, between the hours of 8 ...

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Virtual Yosemite: A Big Year-End Thanks to Everyone!

Image from Virtual Yosemite.

YOSEMITE — As we come to the end of what can only be described as a “unique” 2020, we are indeed grateful that places like Yosemite have remained intact and protected through these challenges. Thanks to the foresight and commitment of countless advocates throughout the last century, Yosemite remains a sanctuary – what some might even consider a temple – ...

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