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CAL FIRE: Burn Permits Required in Madera County as of May 1

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MARIPOSA — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) encourage residents to continue their hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County. Valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permits are required and can be obtained by contacting San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control (APCD) at 559-230-6000. CAL FIRE stations will not be ...

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Wawona Hotel to Reopen in 2021 after Electrical Systems Upgrade

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park will remain closed for the upcoming visitor season in order to complete necessary electrical repairs and upgrades, park officials announced Thursday.The Wawona Hotel is generally open to visitors March through November. “It is anticipated that the planning and work on the project will be completed and the hotel ...

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Trump to Reopen National Parks Soon?

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Is President Trump poised to re-open some U.S. national parks, including Yosemite?“The Trump administration plans to reopen the country’s national parks and other public lands in line with coronavirus guidelines,” the president said on Wednesday, but gave no other details, according to Reuters.“We will begin to open our national parks and public lands for the American ...

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10 Things To Do Now To Prep For Fire Season

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YOSEMITE — We have good news and bad news. The bad news is that fire season has not been cancelled due to the coronavirus. The good news is that the virus will likely result in there being far fewer outdoor activities and gatherings this summer, which should lead to fewer forest fires. That’s what we’re hoping, anyway. So what can ...

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Alert: Hwy 140 Closed from Briceburg Grade to Cedar Lodge

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Highway 140 is closed west of Yosemite National Park from the top of Briceburg Grade to Cedar Lodge due to predicted weather in the area. According to an alert issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, a weather system moving into the area Friday afternoon has the potential to cause large amounts of debris flow in the ...

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Highway 140 Closed Sunday in Advance of Predicted Flooding

YOSMEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Sunday morning that Highway 140 will close today (April 5) at noon. The closure, in effect for the highway west of Yosemite, from Cedar Lodge to Yosemite Bug, is due to a forecast of heavy rain and debris flows in the area. Check https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for updates. There is emergency access only for residents ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Gardening for the Physically Challenged

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — Gardening is a great physically activity that keeps one’s mind, spirit, and body in healthy condition. Offering exercise, sunshine, food and ornamentals are optimal benefits of this outdoor exertion. Age and physical limitations may seem to preclude this enjoyable avocation. However, careful planning, new techniques and modified garden implements can make ...

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Officials: South Entrance to YNP Closing Overnight

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — National Park Service officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the South Entrance to Yosemite is now “closed to all entry nightly from 10 p.m to 6 a.m.” The entrance gate is staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open during those hours to park employees, residents and property owners with proof of residency/employment. Yosemite National Park ...

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NPS: Yosemite National Park Closed ‘Until Further Notice’

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park is closing at the request of the local health department. Park officials announced the unprecedented total shutdown Friday afternoon. “As of 3 p.m today, Friday, March 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice,” stated a news release. “This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a ...

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Yosemite National Park Closes Campgrounds

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Yosemite National Park officials have announced the park’s campgrounds are closing due to COVID-19. “Yosemite National Park campgrounds currently open, Upper Pines and Camp 4, are now closed,” said a brief statement issued by park officials late Wednesday. “These closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020.” “Where it is possible to adhere to the ...

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