Yosemite National Park Fire Spreads

Dry conditions have fueled nine different fires which are all burning across the state of California. The Yosemite National Park fire known as the Rim Fire has burned over 160,000 acres and is the 13th largest wildfire in California history. The fire started burning along the mountain ridges of the Stanislaus National Forest on August 17th and has spread northeast and across the border of Yosemite National Park.

Park officials are concerned about some old growth sequoia trees as well as safety of water. The Yosemite National Park Fire is within a mile of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir which, according to USA Today, supplies water to 2.6 million people in the San Francisco Bay area.

Despite the fire burning over 12,000 acres within Yosemite National Park Boundaries, Park officials are stressing that Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows, the popular areas with the national park, are not affected by the forest fire and that Yosemite is a safe place to visit this Labor Day weekend.

"We are minimally impacted here, with all visitors services and campgrounds open to the public," says Kari Cobb, park ranger and spokesperson for Yosemite National Park.

"Visitors who are planning to come shouldn't cancel their (Labor Day) weekend plans. They may have to modify them, if they were planning to go to Hetch Hetchy (reservoir) or if they were planning to take Highway 120." -Source

While this fire is burning a beautiful area that we all love to visit, we are reminded that fire is a natural part of nature's cycle. I visited Yosemite National Park last month on my thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. Starting in Tuolomne Meadows and heading south, I fell in love with the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can't wait to visit the area again with my family.

Learn more about the Yosemite National Park Fire by through these news sources:

Wildfire grows larger on western side of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite wildfire burns area the size of Chicago, threatens homes
Yosemite fire "poses every challenge there can be"

We hope for the best for all of the people involved and the brave firefighters who are fighting this wildfire.

*Thumbnail image courtesy of Rennett Stowe via Creative Commons.
Andy Hawbaker
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