Most of Yosemite National Park is not affected by the Rim Fire, is relatively smoke-free, and remains open to tourists, the National Park Service and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau reported Aug. 27.
"Most Yosemite travelers can still visit the park and never even know about the drama playing out on the other side," said Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau spokesman Jarrod Lyman. "As firefighters battle the Rim Fire at the northwestern edge of Yosemite National Park, the rest of the park remains virtually unaffected by the blaze."
Lyman added, "The most popular part of the park, Yosemite Valley remains virtually smoke free. It is open and there are no restrictions or affects from the fire." The same is true for its other popular spots like the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia, Wawona, Glacier Point, and Tunnel View, he noted.
The National Park Service's (NPS) Yosemite website said, "Most of Yosemite National Park remains open...not affected by the fire and is relatively smoke-free. The northern part of the park, including some areas along the Tioga Road, has some smoke. Conditions may change if winds shift."
As of late Aug. 27, more than 4,000 firefighters have been battling the blaze since it began on Aug. 17. It has spread through almost 185,000 acres, and caused $33 million in damage. Its cause is under investigation.
For the latest conditions regarding the fire, check:
- The National Wildfire Coordinating Group's Incident Information System website, InciWeb.
- Yosemite National Park Fire Information, http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/rimfire.htm, or call 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0327.
- Road conditions around Yosemite entrances, 209-372-0200.
- Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, 559-683-4636.
- Yosemite Conservancy Webcams, www.YosemiteConservancy.com/webcams.