Yosemite Fire now 34% contained.

Fire suppression helicopter dropping water on the El Portal Fire

Fire suppression helicopter dropping water on the El Portal Fire

Fire in the El Portal area ((just outside the Hwy 140 – Arch Rock Gate) and in the Foresta area of the park continues to burn. 2 structures have been lost in Foresta.  The fire is currently 3,545 acres.

Evacuations remain in effect for Foresta. The evacuation order for Old El Portal has been removed. Resources: 864 Fire Personnel, 7 helicopters and an aircraft.

Call for updated information on road conditions . . . 209-372-0200.

Get fire updates HERE.


1. The Big Oak Flat Road is now OPEN between Entrance to the junction of Highway 140.

2. The Tioga Road is open to Crane Flat.

3. Crane Flat, Bridalveil and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are closed.

Plan on accessing the Tuolumne area from the west via Hwy 108, through Sonora and over the mountains via Sonora Pass then into the park at the Tioga pass entrance. This will be a LONG route, but you will get in.

I ran into the same problem in 2007 then the out-of-control prescribed burn of 6,000++ acres burned and closed the roads to the north. We were doing a High Sierra Camps trek.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Let me stand next to your fire.” – Jimi Hendrix

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One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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One Response to Yosemite Fire now 34% contained.

  1. Maureen L says:

    As I write this on Saturday afternoon, things are looking better.

    If you follow the links on the park’s website, you can find a detailed map of the El Portal Fire area. It shows where the hand-dug lines are, where the ‘dozer lines are, the burning edge that is not contained, and what parts of the fire are burning hot.

    Good to use nps.gov/yose for up-to-date road closure info. Under Current Conditions, you can take a look at the Yosemite Conservancy webcams (right now, most of them don’t seem to be working) and the Weather Forecast. The weather starts out at Happy Isles, but you can click elsewhere on the map and pick up Tuolumne Meadows info.

    The weather display options include an icon for smoky skies. Right now, the site smoke today, but then just thunderstorm warnings for the rest of the week.

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