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Re: [John Muir Trail] Highway 120 into Yosemite Valley temporarily closed due to wildfire

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  • kennethjessett@sbcglobal.net
    Message 1 of 19 , Aug 25, 2013

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "john_friend" <yahoo@...> wrote:
      > It took us about 6-1/2 hrs from the hotel in Lone Pine to our house near Palo Alto in the Bay Area taking 395 south and then over to Bakersfield and then cutting over to I-5 (stopped once for gas and once for bathroom/snacks).
      > Google predicts slightly longer time (but fewer miles) taking 108 over the mountains to 395 and I know from experience that the 108 route is a bit more unpredictable due to slow moving vacation traffic. The southern route is just 395 and then pretty much all freeway after that.
      > --John
      > --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "kennethjessett@" <kenjessett@> wrote:
      > >
      > > John, how long did that take you? I'm wondering if that might work for another trip next year.
      > >
      > > Ken.
      > >
      > > --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "john_friend" <yahoo@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > If you're trying to get to Whitney Portal from the SF Bay Area, it might make more sense to go down to Bakersfield, around the southern end of the Sierras and up 395. It's more miles, but faster than even 108. When we drove back to the SF Bay Area from Whitney Portal, that's how we went and it worked out well. It's not as pretty as other ways (some desolate desert in some parts), but it's a lot more freeway and no big mountains to go over and no RVs to get stuck behind.
      > > >
      > >
    • Roleigh Martin
      A map of the Rim Fire and how close it is to Yosemite is shown here. http://graphics.latimes.com/responsivemap-rim-fire-near-yosemite/ Linked to here:
      Message 2 of 19 , Aug 26, 2013
      • John Ladd
        ... From: YosemiteBlog.com Date: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:58 AM Subject: Yosemite Blog ** Yosemite Blog ... Rim
        Message 3 of 19 , Aug 27, 2013
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          From: YosemiteBlog.com <loyd@...>
          Date: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:58 AM
          Subject: Yosemite Blog

          Yosemite Blog

          Rim Fire Update

          Posted: 27 Aug 2013 06:00 AM PDT

          RIm Fire in Yosemite by Geoff Quinn

          As of last night the Rim Fire has burned in excess of 160,000 acres. The fire is now 20% contained but continues to pose a threat as fuels are still extremely dry in the area and high winds are causing spot fires to leap ahead of fire lines. Over 3,700 personnel are working the fire which has cost over $27.2 million to fight.

          Fire crews had their hands full with very active fire behavior yesterday. Near Duckwall Ridge, the fire spotted across the line with crews working to control the spot. The fire also crossed the 3N01 road in Reynolds Creek, prompting an expansion of the evacuation advisory in the Highway 108 corridor. Fire crews also were working to contain a spot fire in the southeast portion of the fire as it crossed to the south of Highway 120 at Ackerson Flat. Firefighters were successful in completing dozer line below Pilot Ridge, effectively slowing the fires spread in this location. Tonight crews will continue to work the three spot fires, as well as continue construction on contingency lines and provide structure protection throughout the fire.

          Forest Closures

          The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108. Additional details are available from the Groveland Ranger District, 209-962-7825
          Road Closures

          Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic to Crane Flat Campground. Highway 120 east/Tioga Road remains open. Also closed are Graham Ranch Road, Smith Station at Highway 120, Cherry Lake at Highway 120, and Evergreen Road. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open only for local residents and business only.


          The evacuation advisory from Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 has been expanded to Pinecrest Lake. Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated.

          A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01), and an Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.

          Photo by Geoff Quinn via Flickr.

          Rim Fire Closures in Yosemite

          Posted: 27 Aug 2013 05:45 AM PDT


          The Rim Fire has made it’s way well into Yosemite National Park and is burning in the north west side of the park and the areas adjacent to Hetch Hetchy. Currently a number of closures are in place for public safety and to allow fire crews to actively fight the fire and prepare defenses around key environmental areas and structures.

          Here’s the most recent list of closures from the National Park Service:

          The Big Oak Flat Road and Highway 120 west of Yosemite are closed between J132 near Buck Meadows (outside the park) to Crane Flat Campground (inside the park). If you are trying to get to Yosemite from the west, it’s advised you use Highway 140 from Merced. If you find yourself almost in Groveland you can take Highway 49 to Highway 140 in Mariposa (it’s a long VERY curvy, VERY narrow mountain road). You may also enter Yosemite via Highway 41 from the south and 120 from the east (Tioga Pass).

          Hetch Hetchy Road and Evergreen Road are closed.

          White Wolf is closed, including the lodge, campground, road, and trails originating from White Wolf. This area is closed due to smoky conditions.

          Crane Flat, Hodgdon Meadow Campground and Hetch Hetchy Backpackers’ Campground are closed.

          Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias are closed so firefighters can work on preventive fire suppression efforts. The groves are not currently in imminent danger.

          Wilderness trail closures: The area 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.

          Fire restrictions: No smoking and no building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within the Yosemite Wilderness and potential wilderness additions. Portable stoves using gas or pressuring liquid fuel are allowed. Alcohol and Sierra stoves are not allowed. Campfires may still be used in designated campsites at designated campgrounds in non-wilderness areas within the park.

          All other roads and areas are open. Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, and Tuolumne Meadows areas are all open. Campgrounds in Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Yosemite Valley, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows are open.

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