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Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintended of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title ...

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Empire Fire In Yosemite Doubles In Size

YOSEMITE — Areas surrounding Yosemite National Park continue to be impacted by smoke from the Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area inside the park. The fire is currently 309 acres and is being managed for both protection and resources objectives; it is being monitored, but not suppressed. The Empire Fire is approximately one mile south of the Bridalveil Campground ...

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Hiking up to Spillway and Helen Lakes

How much snow and ice would we find at the 11,000′ elevation above the Mono Pass Trail in August? It was the right time to get up there and check it out. It took us 5 hours and 44 minutes to do this hike but you can follow along on the hike with me on the Doarama link under Maps ...

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Empire Fire Burning In Yosemite, Smoke May Be Visible

YOSEMITE — Residents of the areas surrounding Yosemite National Park may be seeing smoke from a lightning-caused fire inside the park. The Empire Fire was reported on the night of July 31, and is currently estimated at 147 acres. This fire is being managed for multiple objectives — both protection and resources, say park officials. The Empire Fire is approximately ...

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Campground And Services Now Open In Tuolumne Meadows

YOSEMITE — After a long winter of heavy snowfall and delayed openings along Highway 120 (Tioga Pass), things are now bustling at Tuolumne Meadows. The Tuolumne Meadows Store is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill opened for the season on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The Hikers Bus and the Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle ...

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Hiking Bridalveil Creek Area with Wildflowers

Red, pink, white, orange, purple, tall and short flowers are all putting on a tremendous show right now in the meadows off of Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park. If you want to see an explosion of wildflower colors, get there now! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 13.46 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 6,959′ – 7,622′ Date: ...

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Nighttime Work Begins On El Portal Road

YOSEMITE — Anyone traveling into Yosemite National Park on Highway 140 during the month of August should be aware of scheduled roadwork and delays. Nighttime road work at “the Narrows” on El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection, begins on Monday, July 31. Work will run through the month of August, and will take place ...

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Plan Now For Safe Pet Evacuation In Case Of Fire

MOUNTAIN AREA — When fire leads to evacuation, you may have only minutes to react. Notified via text or phone call, or even by a knock on the door, at that moment, you’re expected to grab and go. Quick — where are your pets? What do they need? A little advance planning will reduce stress and increase your chance of ...

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Big Walls, Swift Waters: Epic Yosemite SAR Stories

YOSEMITE — From the literal cliffhanger to the real raging waters, the stories in Big Walls, Swift Waters will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. Most of Yosemite National Park’s nearly five million annual visitors leave the park without a scratch. For a few, however, a vacation in this renowned land of cliffs and waterfalls takes a ...

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