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El Portal Fire Over 3,000 Acres

YOSEMITE – The El Portal fire has now scorched 3,060 acres in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, and is 19 percent contained. Officials report that it is now posing a threat to the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias. Old El Portal residents were allowed to return home as of 9 a.m. this morning.

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Update On El Portal Fire Evacuations

YOSEMITE – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that residents of Old El Portal will be able to begin re-entering their homes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29. Residents will need to check in at the Community Hall prior to returning to their homes. Residents in the Foresta area are still under an active evacuation order.

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Community Meeting On El Portal Fire

EL PORTAL – Residents in the area of the El Portal fire are encouraged to attend a community briefing at 6 p.m. tonight – Monday, July 28 – at El Portal Elementary School. The current fire conditions will be presented. As of this morning, the fire is over 2,600 acres with 5% containment. Evacuations are still in effect. Over 700 ...

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Update On El Portal Fire

YOSEMITE – The El Portal Fire has now grown to 2,632 acres as it continues to char forests in Yosemite National Park (YNP) and the Stanislaus National Forest. As of 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, there is still 0% containment, and 585 personnel from around the region continue to battle the blaze, along with air tankers and helicopters.

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El Portal Fire Closes Three Campgrounds

YOSEMITE – The 2,100 acre El Portal Fire continues to force road closures and evacuations on the west side of Yosemite National Park. The fire, which began just after 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, is burning inside the park and on the Stanislaus National Forest and is at 0% containment. The communities of Foresta and Old El Portal have been ...

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El Portal Fire Now 2,100 Acres

YOSEMITE – A wildfire burning near El Portal is threatening homes in the Foresta area, and has promted evacuations and road closures along Highway 140. The fire was reported at 3:19 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. It started just above Old El Portal near Foresta and burned very rapidly up Merced Canyon, consuming approximately 2,100 acres as of 9 p.m., ...

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Yosemite Seeks Volunteers For Park Projects

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying Yosemite Valley. The “Drop-In Volunteer Program” provides hands-on experience working in the park. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.

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Over 5,000 Jobs Funded By Yosemite Visitors

YOSEMITE – Visitors to Yosemite National Park have contributed to the economies of gateway communities to the tune of more than $373 million, says a newly released report The new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,691,192 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2013 spent $373,269,800 in communities near the park, supporting some 5,033 jobs in the local area.

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Sunday Walking In Wawona

WAWONA – We surprised ourselves this morning by getting up and out of the house by 8:10 a.m., only ten minutes later than we’d expected, which isn’t bad considering today’s mix was two parents, two teens, and a 90 lb. chocolate lab. Setting off from Coarsegold we took a leisurely drive north on Highway 41 up to Yosemite National Park, ...

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Restrictions On Campfires In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Fire restrictions for Yosemite National Park went into effect on Tuesday, July 15. The fire order restricts the use of campfires in wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. However, campfires in designated campgrounds and picnic areas will still be allowed. Yosemite National Park is implementing fire restrictions due to several years of exceptional drought conditions and high fire ...

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