YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has lifted the fire restrictions in the park. The onset of cooler temperatures and the recent rainfall have reduced fire danger.
Campfires are once again permitted in the Yosemite Wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. The fire restrictions were implemented in July after continued hot and dry weather conditions resulted in very high fire danger.
Although fire restrictions have been lifted in Yosemite National Park, it remains imperative to exercise caution and diligent fire safety by following the below listed guidelines.
· Keep campfires small, in a safe area, and away from overhanging limbs.
· Use existing campfire rings – do not build new rings in the wilderness.
· Extinguish fires at least ½ hour before leaving camp; add water and stir the ashes
· If you are backpacking, you are responsible for knowing the fire regulations where you travel.
Year round restrictions may still apply to some wilderness areas due to scarcity of wood and resource concerns. Overnight wilderness users are responsible for knowing the fire regulations where they travel. Check with the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Office about your destination.
Park regulations permit wood and charcoal fires in designated campgrounds including Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows. Cooking fires may be used in designated picnic areas including Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach and Sentinel Beach.
For additional information please refer to http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.