Visitors are let into the Yosemite Valley, but they are warned about a 3,000 acre fire burning right now.
“We didn’t do a lot of research, then the lady at the gate sort of told us,” said John Farrell, a visitor from Colorado. “We had our campsite booked for months now.”
Hundreds of campsites are closed. Climbs that would normally take visitors 20 minutes upon entering the park are now detours that take over 2 hours due to road closures.
On Tuesday, the campgrounds were empty, homes were evacuated, and massive plumes of smoke are the reality of Yosemite National Park.
Resiources from a handful of agencies have a DC-10 in the air, helicopters, and nearly 650 firefighters on the ground.
However, there is a silver lining here — Yosemite is no stranger to fires. Last year The Rim Fire burned nearly 250,000 acres. This means 10% of the park is already burned, and can’t burn again.