|Photo of Rim Fire courtesy of NASA.|
If a visit to Yosemite National Park has been part of your late-summer plans, here's a current (9/3/13) update, including closure information, from Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau:
All lodges and recreational activities in Yosemite National Park remain fully open and accessible with the exception of White Wolf Lodge and some campgrounds along the Tioga Rd. corridor. Besides smoke, fire impacts are currently mostly confined to the north western corner of the park, and the fire is not currently threatening Yosemite Valley. Visitor and employee safety is the number one priority. visitors wishing to change or cancel reservations inside Yosemite can call at 801-559-4963.
Currently, the west side of the park, including Yosemite Valley is accessible via Highway 41 through Oakhurst or Highway 140 through Mariposa. The east side of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows and the High Sierra Camps is accessible via Hwy 120 East through Lee Vining.
With the temporary closure of Hwy 120 East from Crane Flat for fire suppression activities, travelers should plan to take alternate routes to reach Yosemite Valley or Tuolumne Meadows.
Temporary road closures exist on Big Oak Flat Rd./Hwy 120 West from J132, outside the park to Crane Flat within Yosemite National (Hwy 120 East toward Lee Vining remains open), Hetch Hetchy Road, and Evergreen road.
The Tioga Rd/Hwy 120 East is temporarily closed between White Wolf Lodge and the Big Oak Flat Rd./Hwy 120 West at Crane Flat. This closure is estimated to last at least through the Labor Day weekend (Sep 2).
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, the High Sierra Camps, and Tuolumne Meadows and Porcupine Flat campgrounds all remain open and accessible from the east. See alternate routes into Yosemite.
While the fire is not anticipated to reach White Wolf, the National Park Service has evacuated the area as a precaution. White Wolf is closed, including the lodge, campground, road, and trails originating from White Wolf. For information regarding your upcoming White Wolf Lodge reservations, please call (801) 559-4884. This area is closed due to smoky conditions.
Hodgdon Meadow Campground and Hetch Hetchy Backpackers' Campground are closed.
Yosemite Creek, Tamarack Flat, and Crane Flat campgrounds are closed. Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias are closed.
Wilderness hiking trails west of the May Lake Road and May Lake Trail continuing to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at Glen Aulin and then north along the PCT to Bond Pass is closed. The park's boundary serves as the closure's northern and western edge extending south to Crane Flat Campground. The closure boundary continues east along the Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) to the May Lake Road. The Tioga Road and the trails serving as the eastern boundary of the closed area (including the PCT) remain open. May Lake High Sierra Camp, Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, and Porcupine Flat Campground are open.