STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Yosemite National Park reopening iconic areas amid California wildfires

Several of Yosemite National Park's crown jewels -- including Half Dome and El Capitan -- again will be acce...

Posted: Aug 11, 2018 1:41 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2018 1:41 PM

Several of Yosemite National Park's crown jewels -- including Half Dome and El Capitan -- again will be accessible next week when roads are reopened after a wildfire closed them for nearly three weeks.

The park in California announced the closure on July 25 because of impacts from the Ferguson Fire.

Accidents, disasters and safety

California

California wildfires

Continents and regions

Destinations and attractions

Fires

National parks and monuments

Natural disasters

North America

Parks (green spaces)

Points of interest

Southwestern United States

The Americas

United States

Wildfires

Yosemite National Park

Beginning Monday at 9 a.m., the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public.

Yosemite Valley and its features -- including El Capitan, Half Dome and Wawona -- will reopen Tuesday at 9 a.m., according to park spokeswoman Jamie Richards.

Officials advised that visitors should be aware that the Ferguson Fire is still ablaze, so smoke is on the roads and delays are possible. Currently, the northeastern side of the 1,200 square mile park is open to the public, Richards said.

"This is truly a historic and unprecedented event in park history, and we are thrilled to welcome back visitors to Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove," said Superintendent Michael Reynolds in a statement.

The Ferguson Fire is the third-largest fire in California. It has burned more than 95,000 acres as of Friday and is 80% contained. It has lasted more than three weeks and killed two people.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
20° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 9°
Albert Lea
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 23°
Austin
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 23°
Charles City
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 10°
Rochester
Clear
22° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 22°
Another mild Monday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Sean weather 2/23

Image

Ice carousel in Dodge Center

Image

'Building the Way' for women int the workforce

Image

Osage welcomes home state champions

Image

Welcome to the world of wrestling

Image

Section boy's hockey highlights from Saturday

Image

Sean 2/22 2

Image

Section 1A wrestling finals

Image

Rochester Salvation Army thanks community

Image

Section 1AA wrestling finals

Community Events