Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County: Parts of Yosemite National Park to remain closed

Posted at 9:56 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 12:56:50-04

(KGTV) - Parts of Yosemite National Park remain closed indefinitely as the Ferguson Fire continues to rage across Mariposa County in Northern California.

In a statement, the National Park Service said:

“Due to increased fire activity in the areas adjacent to and on Yosemite National Park, park administrators and fire managers have made the decision to extend the current park closures indefinitely. Fire managers are continuously assessing conditions in the area and will work directly with and will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen.”

NPS officials also said the following areas of Yosemite will be closed for the unforeseeable future: Yosemite Valley, El Portal Road, Wawona Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona Campground, Crane Flat Campground and Tamarack Campground.

The Ferguson Fire erupted on July 13, and as of Aug. 6, the blaze has burned 91,502 acres and is 38 percent contained.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service said two people have died and 11 have been hurt in the fire. Ten structures have been destroyed, officials said.

The Ferguson Fire is considered the largest fire in the history of the Sierra National Forest.