Yosemite Park Closed While Ferguson Fire Reaching Nearly 40,000 Acres
Ferguson Fire erupted on July 13 and keeps on sending huge amounts of unhealthy smoke toward Yosemite National Park and nearby areas. Park officials announced closures to the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas, as well as the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, effective noon on Wednesday, July 25.
Ferguson Fire is burning in very rough terrain with high firefighter exposure due to very hot conditions and limited access requiring heavy rotor wing support.
Mandatory and advisory evacuations are in place in several areas but no homes have been damaged or destroyed. Close to 4,000 structures are being threatened.
With the closure of Highway 140. which is expected to last until July 29 (Sunday), thousands of visitors have to exit the park using Highways 120 and 41 on July 24.
By the morning of July 25 (Wednesday), the fire is 38,522 acres with 25 percent containment. Over 3,000 personnel are currently engaged with the fire that includes 220 engines, 47 water tenders, 16 helicopters, 88 crews, and 59 dozers. There has been one fatality and seven injuries to date. Fire crews continue to the build fire lines to prevent the fire from reaching Yosemite.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and it is hard to tell when it will be brought under control while the temperature is hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit on July 25.