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Yosemite Increases Fire Restrictions

Yosemite, CA — Due to extreme fire danger, heightened by hot and dry weather patterns, Yosemite National Park has entered what it calls “Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.” The park has been impacted by the 96,810 acre Ferguson Fire which is 87-percent contained.

The details are below:

·        The building, maintaining or attending of a wood or charcoal fire (including wood burning stoves) is prohibited within the Yosemite Wilderness, including at the High Sierra Camps, at all elevations.

·        Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel or propane are permitted as are alcohol stoves (with and without a shutoff valve) including alcohol tablet/cube stoves.

·        Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, designated campgrounds, designated picnic areas, paved developed areas or designated smoking areas.

·        Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds, designated picnic areas, commercial lodging and residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.

·     There are no administrative exemptions to this order. Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance.  This designation will remain in place until rescinded.