Parts of Yosemite National Park closed due to wildfireJuly 26th, 2018 by Gabrielle, Project Specialist
On Tuesday, July 24, National Park Service officials announced that Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and the Mariposa Grove would close temporarily due to the Ferguson Fire burning just west of the park boundary.
In addition, both the park’s South Entrance (Highway 41) and the Arch Rock Entrance (Highway 140) are closed. The closure took effect Wednesday at noon and is expected to last until at least Sunday, July 29. Tuolumne Meadows, the Tioga Road (Highway 120), and Hetch Hetchy remain open.
The Ferguson Fire began on July 13 and had already caused evacuations of El Portal and Yosemite West, as well as the closure of Glacier Point Road for fire operation staging. As of the last published update the fire is 45,911 acres and 29% contained.
Due to the closures, Yosemite Area Regional Transit (YARTS) will be operating a modified route. Buses will depart as scheduled with the only destination being Tuolumne Meadows until further notice. Buses will hold in Tuolumne Meadows and return at the scheduled times.