Yosemite On Fire

Park enforces closures and evacuations as firefighters try to suppress 4,000-acre Big Meadow Fire
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Park enforces closures and evacuations as firefighters try to suppress 4,000-acre Big Meadow Fire

Last Wednesday, a prescribed burn in Yosemite National Park escaped its 90-acre containment lines and has since grown into a 4,000-acre blaze known as the Big Meadow Fire. That fire now threatens several park structures, and officials have evacuated Foresta, Old El Portal, and the Yosemite View Lodge.

Almost 1,000 firefighters are working overtime to contain the fire from the air and on the ground, and they claim they’ve got it 50 percent contained, but steep terrain, high temps, and low humidity have hampered the firefighters’ efforts.

As of this morning, the park is riddled with road closures and delays because of the fire. If you were planning a visit to Yosemite anytime soon, you might want to hold off for a while.

This sounds like a huge tragedy, but before Yosemite became a national park, natural forest fires burned close to 16,000 acres each year. Then again, if the park service let nature hold sway nowadays, that’d mean a lot of crispy minivans and dirtbag climbers.

—Ted Alvarez

Big Meadow Fire cases closures, evacuations (The Morning Report)

Image Credit: A Gude