From Judy at Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau:
20% chance of thunderstorms beginning today through Monday
What can I say except “I’m sorry.”
After 10 days of telling folks there’s been no smoke in Yosemite Valley . . . the smoke has arrived. Here’s the link to the High Sierra webcam: www.yosemiteconservancy.org/webcams/high-sierra
We also have a lot of smoke in the Oakhurst area, and I assume that extends over to North Fork and down to Coarsegold.
Only road closure still is Hwy 120. There is NO access to Highway 395/Lee Vining/Mono Lake/Mammoth Lakes/South Lake Tahoe via Tioga Road. Tioga Road will remain closed through Labor Day at least.
I sent out a map showing alternate routes yesterday. If you need a copy of that, let me know.
All Yosemite Valley facilities, as well as those at Glacier Point, Wawona and Mariposa Grove are open for business as usual. There has been virtually no degradation of air quality except in the immediate area of the fire in the extreme northwest corner of the park (the Big Oak Flat entrance area). Although the fire has consumed some 193,000 acres to this point (8/29), only 45,000 of those are in Yosemite, and virtually all of those are in wilderness area. **Visit the links at the end of this report for extensive information about the fire and about conditions in Yosemite**
ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – Coarsegold Peddlers’ Fair, Coarsegold Village
Saturday, August 31 – 5 pm – Moonlight Special (dinner, train ride, entertainment) at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Saturday, August 31 – 7 pm – An Evening of Melodrama, Golden Chain Theatre
The following are some links for the latest information regarding facilities and roads in and around Yosemite National Park:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/rimfire.htm – this is information disseminated by Yosemite National Park about current conditions in the park
www.yosemiteconservancy.org/webcams – this is a link to real-time webcams which show up-to-the-moment conditions in various places in and around Yosemite Valley
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3660 – this is the most current fire information, distributed by Cal Fire
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.740440263399826&lon=-119.57000088867187#.Uh_QSj_W5K8 – link for Yosemite Valley weather conditions
http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi – California road conditions
- Highway 120W (Big Oak Flat entrance) from 3.2 miles east of Groveland to 6 miles
- Tioga Road is closed temporarily from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek picnic area – You cannot currently get from Yosemite Valley to Lee Vining/Mono Lake/Mammoth Lakes via Hwy 120E/Tioga Road
- Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat store and campground, Tamarack Flat CG, White Wolf store and CG,
Yosemite Creek CG
- Hetch Hetchy Road and environs
If you have any questions, please give us a call. We want to help make your visit to our area a rousing success.
Visitor Center Coordinator
YOSEMITE SIERRA VISITORS BUREAU
40637 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
559/683-4636 * Fax 559/683-5697