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Happy Days, Highway 41 From Oakhurst To Yosemite Opens!

OAKHURST — After more than 10 days with the most traveled route into Yosemite National Park closed down due to a wildfire, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the roadway will reopen at 2 p.m. today. Motorists should use caution while traveling in the area while fire equipment and firefighters continue operations. All turnouts and parking areas between ...

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Hiking up to Mono Pass Trail’s High Lakes

We headed off trail to check out the country above the Mono Pass Trail. We never know what we will find and that is part of the excitement. The wildflowers were going crazy up there! Those beautiful high lakes were mighty pretty also. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: About 10 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,596′ – 11,328′ ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — While the threat to the community of Wawona from the South Fork Fire has been mitigated, residents and visitors are being told to make pre-evacuation plans in case the Railroad Fire continues its march north. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 5,191 acres with 44 percent containment. There are currently 101 personnel assigned to the incident. ...

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Railroad Fire Now Over 1,000 Acres

FISH CAMP — The Railroad Fire has forced the closure of Highway 41, the evacuation of hundreds of residents and visitors, and continues to grow. The fire is now estimated at over 1,000 acres, with spot fires out ahead of the blaze, and a potential for up to 5,000 acres, with zero percent containment. It is moving toward the park ...

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Activity Increases On Empire Fire, Glacier Point Road Closes

YOSEMITE — The huge plume of smoke seen from all around the mountain area yesterday was due to a major increase in fire activity on the northwest and southeast portions of the Empire Fire in Yosemite. The fire is moving towards the Glacier Point Road, spotting out ahead of itself up to ¼ of a mile. That prompted the closing ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire And Current Closures

YOSEMITE — As firefighters continue to make good progress on the South Fork Fire, burning east of the community of Wawona in Yosemite National Park, more crews are being released to return to their home units. The fire is now estimated at 4,430 acres with 44 percent containment. There are currently 108 personnel assigned to the incident. Crews continue to ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Friday 7 AM

YOSEMITE — Crews continue to make good progress on the South Fork Fire near Wawona. The fire is now estimated at 4,330 acres with 44 percent containment. There are currently 304 personnel assigned to the incident, as more crews are demobilized to return to their home units. The mandatory evacuation order for Wawona has been completely lifted for residents and ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Thursday 7 AM

YOSEMITE — The evacuation order for residents of the community of Wawona was lifted yesterday morning, and today at 7 a.m., the public was allowed to return. The fire is now estimated at 4,188 acres and is 25 percent contained. There are currently 422 personnel assigned to the incident including 8 hand crews, 5 helicopters and 10 engines. Some crews ...

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Growth Of South Fork Fire Slows, Evacuations Lifted

YOSEMITE — With the success of the burning operations on the west flank of the South Fork Fire, residents are being allowed to return to their homes this morning in the community of Wawona. Residents, homeowners and employees will be required to provide identification before being allowed to enter. The area will remain closed to the public until Thursday, Aug. ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Wawona Tomorrow

YOSEMITE — Residents of the community of Wawona who were evacuated on Saturday are being allowed to return to their homes. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the mandatory evacuation order for residents and employees only will be lifted at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Residents, homeowners and employees will be required to provide identification before being allowed ...

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