Friday, September 4, 2009

It's a New Day in Yosemite! Park is Open for the Holiday Weekend

Big Meadow Fire is 70% contained. Firefighters made excellent progress constructing a fireline in the Tamarack Flat Campground Road area. This is the last uncontained portion of the fireline. During the last two days, smoke from interior hot spots and burning operations settled in Yosemite Valley and the foothill communities, especially in the morning. This morning, the smoke is not visible in Yosemite Valley.
Tonight and tomorrow, firefighters will continue restoring roads, trails and fireline to their natural condition, mopping up hot spots, and removing hazard trees in order to open the roads as soon as possible.

Special Announcements: Although road closures will remain in place through the Labor Day weekend, Yosemite Valley is open and accessible from Highway 140 via El Portal and Highway 41 from Wawona. In addition, visitors on the east side of the park can still access Tuolumne Meadows, Olmsted Point, and White Wolf via Highway 395 from Lee Vining. Hodgdon Meadow Campground remains open to visitors.

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