News Alert - California Rim Fire
Information below updated on September 12, 2013 at 4 pm. Updated text is in italics.
Most of Yosemite National Park is open. Air quality in most of Yosemite has been generally good to moderate, but can change quickly with changing winds. When conditions are smoky, visitors to the area should avoid extended strenuous physical activities outdoors. Additionally, those that are sensitive to air quality impacts should avoid going outside in Yosemite. (See the webcam at the bottom of the page to check current visibility and check InciWeb for an air quality update each morning). The following temporary closures and restrictions are in effect
View a map of the closed area [300 kb PDF] (This map only shows a portion of Yosemite National Park.)
- The Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120 inside Yosemite) is open. The Big Oak Flat Entrance Station and Information Station are open. The Crane Flat Campground, gas station, and store are open. The Hodgdon Meadow Campground, Carlon Falls Trailhead, Merced Grove, Tuolumne Grove, the Crane Flat Lookout, and wilderness areas remain closed.
- The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) is closed from Crane Flat to 1.5 miles east of White Wolf at least through the weekend. The only access to the Tuolumne Meadows area is via Highway 120 from near Lee Vining (view alternate routes). All facilities and areas along the Tioga Road west of Lukens Lake Trailhead are closed, including Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, and White Wolf Lodge. The Yosemite Creek Picnic Area remains open and the Ten Lakes Trailhead Parking is now open.
- The Hetch Hetchy Road, including all areas and facilities along the road, is closed.
- The Old Coulterville Road is closed west and north of its junction with 1st Street (near Foresta). Old Coulterville Road in the community of Foresta is open. Residential access to Flying Spur Ranch is allowed.
- Wilderness trail closures: The area west of the Lukens Lake trail north along the Harden Lake bypass trail to Pate Valley, and north from Pate Valley to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) then continuing north along the PCT to Bond Pass is closed. The park’s boundary serves as the closure’s northern and western edge south to Crane Flat. The closure continues east ½ mile south along the Tioga Road to the gate 1 ½ miles east of White Wolf. The Big Oak Flat Road is open; however, the area on either side of the road greater than 50 feet from the road’s center line is closed from the park’s boundary to the Crane Flat junction. The trails serving as the eastern boundary of the closed area remain open. The Big Oak Flat Information Station (and associated wilderness center) is open.
- Fire restrictions:
- No smoking and no building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite Wilderness or at the High Sierra Camps. Portable stoves using gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed. Alcohol and "Sierra" stoves may not be used in wilderness under these restrictions.
- Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds and picnic areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.
- This includes the following campgrounds, when open: 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.)
- This includes the following picnic areas, when open: Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swinging Bridge, Church Bowl, and Lower Yosemite Fall.
If you have questions specifically about Yosemite National Park, please call 209/372-0327 or 209/372-0329.