On Sunday the Yosemite wildfire was still a potential threat to those in the immediate vicinity, but that didn't stop Labor Day guests from making use of the Yosemite National Park anyway, according to park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.
Fox News reported on Sept. 2 that the fourth-largest California wildfire was not expected to take place for at least three more weeks, and 111 structures have already been destroyed by the raging blaze. But as of Sunday it was 45 percent contained thanks to the work of 4600 firefighters, which is leaving many tourists eager to continue their planned holiday visit to the area.
Labor Day is the last long weekend for families and nature lovers to enjoy the park setting before cooler temps and packed school schedules derail such plans, so the fact that the wildfire was losing steam was welcome news.
Unfortunately, firefighters and their families cannot be counted among the vacationing park guests this year, as someone has to fight the blaze. And Cobb says she was surprised that anyone was there considering the possible dangers that still exist.
Yosemite Park officials have told those who did brave the dangers to at least avoid heavy exertion. And smoke from the wildfire is also still a potential danger to Labor Day travelers to the area too.