Yosemite Valley To Reopen After Closure Due To Fire and Smoke

Yosemite Valley is scheduled to reopen next week while firefighters continue to fight the Ferguson fire. Still, climate scientists and forest managers say change is at hand for the iconic National Park.
UC Merced Professor Leroy Westerling in Yosemite Valley in a patch of dead pine trees killed by bark beetles during the drought. Source: Ezra Romero

If all goes as planned Yosemite Valley — the National Park's most popular tourist area — will re-open Tuesday after being closed for nearly three weeks due to poor air quality and fire danger. At the moment, there are no people on trails, or climbers on cliffs that line the valley.

This weekend firefighters hope is to keep the fire out of Yosemite Valley, containing the blaze about three

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