Yosemite, CA — Campfire can be lit once again at lower elevations in Yosemite National Park.
Park officials attribute the lifting of fire restriction to the dip in temperatures and the recent rainfall reducing the threat. The restriction removal means visitors can ignite campfires in wilderness areas of the park below 6,000 feet in elevation. Park officials implemented the fire ban in July after continued hot and dry weather conditions resulted in very high fire danger.
Wood and charcoal fires are allowed in the following campgrounds: Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows.
Cooking fires are permitted in these picnic areas: Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach and Sentinel Beach.
Here are the park’s fire safety guidelines:
- Keep campfires small, in a safe area, and away from overhanging limbs
- Use existing campfire rings – do not build new rings in the wilderness
- Extinguish fires at least ½ hour before leaving camp; add water and stir the ashes
- If you are backpacking, you are responsible for knowing the fire regulations where you travel