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Visitor areas along Hwy 120 reopen following fire closure

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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The Mono Fire on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was 70% contained Thursday morning when Hwy 120 reopened. Photo by Greg Reis.

The Mono Fire on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was 70% contained Thursday morning when Hwy 120 reopened. Photo by Greg Reis.

This morning the Mono Fire is 70% contained at 1,200 acres. Highway 120 East reopened as well as South Tufa, Navy Beach, and Panum Crater. All regularly scheduled tours are occurring, including daily South Tufa Tours at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

The fire is still burning at the north end of the Mono Craters with little potential for expansion, however Hwy 120 may close again if necessary. Stay clear of fire equipment and use caution – pilot cars may be needed for controlling traffic in some areas.

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Mono Fire closes South Tufa Area

Monday, July 26th, 2010 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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monofireAs of 5:00pm on Monday July 26th, 2010, a wildland fire was burning north from the West Portal area along the Mono Craters toward the north. Highway 120 East and Panum Crater are in the path of the fire. Highway 120 East of Highway 395 to Benton Crossing Road is currently closed. South Tufa and Panum Crater are closed and today’s tours are canceled.

Check for updates here.

Summer update: Crowd-free Labor Day weekend expected

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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American Avocets feed on Alkali Flies as the near-perfect summer weather continues at Mono Lake. Photo by Claire Skinner.

American Avocets feed on Alkali Flies as the near-perfect summer weather continues at Mono Lake. Photo by Claire Skinner.

With Tioga Road (Hwy 120) closed west of White Wolf in Yosemite National Park, Labor Day weekend crowds will be smaller than usual in the Mono Basin. Smoke from the Big Meadow Fire near Crane Flat is mostly going north of the Mono Basin. The fire is now 70% contained but road closures will remain in effect at least through the holiday weekend. Click here for the latest on the Yosemite fire.

WEATHER
Warm days and cool nights. Highs near 80 and lows in the 40s. Smoke in the north part of the Mono Basin is intermittent, with some clear and some smoky days. Skies over (more…)

Tioga Road will be closed through the holiday weekend

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Yesterday, Wednesday September 2, the National Park Service issued a press release that said Tioga Road (Hwy 120) will be closed between Crane Flat and White Wolf at least through the Labor Day weekend. The road closed on Monday afternoon due to (more…)

Tioga Road access restricted due to Big Meadow Fire

Monday, August 31st, 2009 by Greg, Information & Restoration Specialist
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Tioga Road (Hwy 120) closed between White Wolf and Crane Flat in Yosemite at 3:30 pm Monday due to smoke. Note that Caltrans had not updated its Website as of 5:30 pm–use the link below for the latest updates within the park.

Prior to this closure it was closed at the same location at night with controlled traffic (pilot car) during the day due to fire suppression operations in the area.

The nearest open route to Yosemite Valley from the Mono Basin is over Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) to Hwy 49 to Hwy 140. When Tioga Road was open, the detour around Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite Valley via Hwy 49 took an additional 2-3 hours.

The Big Meadow fire started last week as a prescribed burn that quickly escaped controls. It threatened the communities of Foresta and El Portal and closed Big Oak Flat Road. The smoke was moving north until the weekend when it started spilling over into the Mono Basin–the worst of the smoke was on Sunday.

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