A portion of the main road connecting the eastern Sierra to Yosemite Valley is expected to be closed through at least Labor Day weekend as firefighters prepare to battle the Rim fire inside the national treasure.
On Wednesday, the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, inside Yosemite National Park was closed to all vehicular traffic, according to the National Park Service.
“The work that will be performed over the next few days is instrumental in suppressing the Rim fire within Yosemite,” said Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “The safety of the firefighters working along the road is our paramount concern.”
Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road within the closure, will remain closed during the fire suppression efforts. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge will remain closed. The Tioga Road will remain open east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass Entrance. The Porcupine Flat Campground, the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, and all visitor services within Tuolumne Meadows will remain open.
Highway 41, from the southern portion of the park, and Highway 140, from the western portion of the park, will remain open. Both of these roads provide access to Yosemite Valley from the west side.
Park officials say that most of the park is open and relatively smoke free.
A fund to help the park restore trails, facilities, and wildlife habitat has been established by the Yosemite Conservancy. People wishing to contribute to the fund can donate online at yosemiteconservancy.org/fire. People can also donate via mail by sending donations to Yosemite Conservancy 101 Montgomery, Suite 1700 San Francisco, CA 95104.
For up-to-date Yosemite information regarding the Rim fire, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/rimfire.htm.