The Rim Fire near Groveland is growing. Last night it was 5% contained. Today it shrank to 1%. It is trending northeast – towards the Hetch Hetchy area. 50,000 acres now black. Only 2 buildings and 7 other structures have been lost. The park proper is still 15 miles from the fire, but NPS is watching it closely. The Evergreen Lodge is still open but Highway 120 – and thus the road in/out from the west is closed. But the Big Oak flat gate is closed, so it looks grim for them.
Yosemite is open but Hwy 120 is closed near Groveland/Buck Meadows. I guide with LastingAdventures.com. They have evacuated their Ferretti Road Guidehouse. Good luck guys – leave the hose running on the roof! C-130’s and the huge DC-10 are dropping retardant.
If you have hikes planned soon, I’d call to be sure all is OK. The smoke will move into the park – not a good time to be there. Early summer hikes tend to be fire free. Go to this site for running news.
The Park’s Open Houses for Sep and Oct are cancelled. No reason given. Too far away to blame the fire. Perhaps energy is being spent on finishing the Merced River Plan. Recall that 30,000 comments were received and the Planning Group was given until Dec 31 to complete it.