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Ferguson Fire Jumps The Merced River South Of Foresta

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Ferguson Fire has spotted north across the Merced River east of El Portal. The nearly 74,000-acre fire has been very active on the eastern perimeter over the last several days, and at about 6:30 a.m. today, reports came in that the fire had jumped the river about one mile east of El Portal. As of 8:45 ...

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Employees In Yosemite Valley Evacuated Ahead Of Ferguson Fire

YOSEMITE – Yosemite Valley is being evacuated of all non-essential personnel and residents as the Ferguson Fire continues its push to the east. According to park officials, the evacuation is due to limited road access to and from Yosemite Valley as firefighters are working along the roadways, and multiple hazards along El Portal Road, Big Oak Flat Road and Wawona ...

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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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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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How Is All This Smoke Affecting You?

MARIPOSA – Smoke from the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County and other fires surrounding the Valley is affecting air quality in locations throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley, prompting local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement Valley-wide. Smoke from wildfires produces particulate matter which can trigger asthma attacks, aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases, and increase the ...

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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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Community Meeting On Ferguson Fire In Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE – The Unified Commanders of the Ferguson Fire – Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office – will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the current situation at 11 a.m. today, July 24, at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, 9035 Village Drive in Yosemite National Park. Officials will be giving an operational overview briefing, highlighting the ...

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Stay Safe And Conserve Energy During Heat Wave

SAN FRANCISCO — With soaring temperatures in the next few days, California’s grid operator has called a statewide Flex Alert this week. PG&E is urging customers to conserve energy as triple-digit heat will impact much of the company’s service area. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 5 p.m. to ...

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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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