YOSEMITE – The Highway 140 entrance into Yosemite National Park, referred to as El Portal Road within the park boundary, will reopen as of Sunday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. The highway was closed on Tuesday, Oct. 7, due to the Dog Rock Fire.
Also, electrical power to Yosemite Valley is expected to be restored late this evening, Friday, Oct. 10. Power has been out in Yosemite Valley since Tuesday evening.
The Dog Rock Fire is currently 311 acres and is 54% contained. Fire crews continue fire suppression efforts and are making good progress. All recreational activities in the area of the fire, including hiking, have been restricted due to continued fire activity.
The cause of the Dog Rock Fire is believed to have been sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle.
Agencies assisting with the Dog Rock Fire include the U.S. Forest Service, CAL Fire, National Park Service, and other local government agencies.
Upon opening of the road, visitors are urged to drive with caution along Highway 140 as firefighting crews are still present along the roadway. Additionally, hazards such as rocks and other debris may be present. Visitors are also advised not to stop along the roadway, as the fire area is closed for recreational activities.
For updated and current information regarding road conditions in Yosemite National Park, please call (209) 372-0200.