Icy Roads & Chain Controls Await on Hwys 88, 4, 108 & 120

Icy Roads & Chain Controls Await on Hwys 88, 4, 108 & 120

Arnold, CA…This highway information is the latest reported by Caltrans as of Friday, December 2nd, 2022 at 07:39 AM. SR 4 [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA] IS CLOSED FROM THE EAST END OF LAKE ALPINE TO THE JCT OF SR 89 /EBBETTS PASS/ (ALPINE CO) – FOR THE WINTER – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE […]

Yosemite Declares End of Fire Season

Yosemite Declares End of Fire Season

Yosemite, CA…Yosemite National Park experienced widespread precipitation and snow accumulation recently. The closure of the fire season occurs when there is a season ending precipitation event totaling two inches or more. Helicopter 551, Yosemite’s helicopter that was contracted for the fire season, has now left the park. Seasonal fire personnel are completing their assignments and […]

Yosemite National Park’s Ahwahnee Hotel to Undergo Major Upgrades

Yosemite National Park’s Ahwahnee Hotel to Undergo Major Upgrades

Yosemite, CA…Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), Yosemite National Park was recently awarded an approximately $31.6 million construction contract to upgrade the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. The project includes a major seismic upgrade throughout the historic hotel as well as a kitchen renovation. Kitchen project work is currently underway and work to upgrading the seismic safety will begin near the end of the year. “The Ahwahnee […]

Crews Working Yosemite Lightning Caused Fires

Crews Working Yosemite Lightning Caused Fires

Yosemite, CA…An update on recent fire activity in Yosemite is below. The Red Fire is currently 50 acres and burning at the 7,800ft elevation. The Rogers Fire is 5 acres and is burning at 8,100 ft elevation. RED FIRE Location: between Red Creek and Illilouette Creek Elevation: 7,800 Discover Date: August 4, 2022 Size: 50 […]

3,154 Firefighters Reach 32% Containment Fighting Now 18,715 Acre Oak Fire Near Yosemite

3,154 Firefighters Reach 32% Containment Fighting Now 18,715 Acre Oak Fire Near Yosemite

Mariposa, CA…Firefighters worked overnight to increase containment lines around the fire perimeter. Smoke continued to produce poor visibility across the fire during the night. Temperature and humidity are forecasted to be similar to yesterday. Crews continue work around communities, patrolling for hot spots, providing structure defense, and building of direct fire line in very steep […]

2,093 Now Fighting the 14,281 Acre Oak Fire West of Yosemite. 0% Contained, 15 Structures Lost or Damaged

2,093 Now Fighting the 14,281 Acre Oak Fire West of Yosemite.  0% Contained, 15 Structures Lost or Damaged

Mariposa, CA…The fire remained active through the night moving toward the communities of Jerseydale, Darrah, and Bootjack. Poor humidity recovery was observed overnight. Today the weather is expected to remain hot with minimum humidity between 5 and 10%, which will hamper firefighting efforts. High tree mortality and dense fuels are throughout the fire area. Fire […]

The Oak Fire in Mariposa Area Explodes to 11,900 Acres, 0% Contained

The Oak Fire in Mariposa Area Explodes to 11,900 Acres, 0% Contained

Mariposa, CA…Fire activity is extreme with frequent runs, spot fires and group torching. Emergency personnel are working to safely evacuate people and are actively engaged in protecting structures. Explosive fire behavior is challenging firefighters. 11,900 Acres. 0% Contained Active for 1 day ` Mariposa Red Cross: Mariposa County Elementary 5044 Jones St. Mariposa Road Closures: […]

Yosemite’s Washburn Fire Grows to 1,591 Acres

Yosemite’s Washburn Fire Grows to 1,591 Acres

Yosemite, CA…The Washburn Fire was reported in the afternoon of July 7th, near the Washburn Trail in the Mariposa Grove area of Yosemite National Park. A full initial attack response was dispatched including Yosemite National Park Fire resources and state and local cooperators. California Interagency Incident Management Team 13 assumed command of the fire on […]

466 Acre Washburn Fire Burning in Mariposa Grove Area. Wawona Area Under Evacuation Orders

466 Acre Washburn Fire Burning in Mariposa Grove Area.  Wawona Area Under Evacuation Orders

Yosemite, CA…At 2:04 pm on July 7, 2022, the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center received multiple 911 telephone calls reporting smoke visible from the Mariposa Grove area, near the Washburn Trail. A full initial attack response was dispatched including Yosemite Fire resources and cooperators. At that time, the Mariposa Grove was evacuated and is temporarily closed. […]

Burn Permits Required May 1st in the TCU!

Burn Permits Required May 1st in the TCU!

San Andreas, CA…Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 8:00 AM the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will require burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. As of April 22nd, statewide there has been 1,301 wildland […]

Burn Permits Required in Mariposa County Starting on May 1st.

Burn Permits Required in Mariposa County Starting on May 1st.

Mariposa, CA…CAL FIRE burn permits will be required in Mariposa County starting May 1. Permits are free of charge and can be obtained at your local CAL FIRE station or online at burnpermit.fire.ca.gov. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced effective at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1 […]

Road Conditions Update…Hwy 88 Closed, Chains Required from Murphys on 4, Soulsbyville on 108 & Groveland on 120.

Road Conditions Update…Hwy 88 Closed, Chains Required from Murphys on 4, Soulsbyville on 108 & Groveland on 120.

Arnold, CA…This highway information is the latest reported by Caltrans as of Sunday, December 26th, 2021 at 11:07 AM. SR 4 [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA] IS CLOSED FROM 0.5 MI EAST OF THE JCT OF SR 207 /MT REBA TURNOFF/ TO THE JCT OF SR 89 /EBBETTS PASS/ (ALPINE CO) – FOR THE WINTER […]

Governor Gavin Newsom Should Survive Recall & Serve Out Remainder of Term

Governor Gavin Newsom Should Survive Recall & Serve Out Remainder of Term

Arnold, CA…Locally in our coverage area Alpine County is only County that followed the statewide trend.  From the Secretary of State’s Office… “Unofficial Election Results. Results will be certified by October 22, 2021. ( 18,185 of 18,185 ) precincts partially reporting as of September 15, 2021, 2:55 a.m.. Precincts are listed as “partially” reporting since […]

Yosemite National Park Now Closed to All Visitors Until Further Notice

Yosemite National Park Now Closed to All Visitors Until Further Notice

Yosemite, CA…Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations at the request of the local health department. As of 3:00 pm today, Friday, March 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a week and there will be no access permitted […]

Winter Pile Burning Beginning in Yosemite National Park

Winter Pile Burning Beginning in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite, CA…Yosemite National Park will begin winter pile burning once conditions are favorable, after a significant cooling trend and an increase in precipitation occurs over the area.  Pile burning is an efficient and effective tool for reducing excessive fuel build up on the landscape. These piles are remnants of mechanical thinning from forestry operations and […]

Ebbetts, Sonora & Tioga Mountain Passes Closing Temporarily Ahead of Winter Storm

Ebbetts, Sonora & Tioga Mountain Passes Closing Temporarily Ahead of Winter Storm

Arnold, CA…Caltrans is scheduled to temporarily close Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass and Route 108 over Sonora Pass at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, due to incoming inclement weather forecast for the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service indicates that 4”-8” of snow is possible over mountain routes. Route 4 will close at […]

Mountain Passes Update….Carson & Ebbetts Open, Sonora & Tioga Closed

Mountain Passes Update….Carson & Ebbetts Open, Sonora & Tioga Closed

Arnold, CA…The early season storm has temporarily closed Hwy 120 Tioga pass and Hwy 108 Sonora Pass. Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass has controls in effect over the summit. Hwy 88 Carson Pass had controls in place until a few minutes ago but has just dropped requirements. Drive Safe & Carry Chains, Blankets, Water & Food […]

Yosemite National Park Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Start August 20th

Yosemite National Park Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Start August 20th

Yosemite, CA…Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage I fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park […]

Stanislaus National Forest Plans Prescribed Underburn for on Groveland Ranger District

Stanislaus National Forest Plans Prescribed Underburn for on Groveland Ranger District

Groveland, CA…The Stanislaus National Forest provides the following information about planned prescribed underburns on the forest. The Bear Mountain Underburn, Groveland Ranger District. Located about 22 miles east of Groveland along Forest Road 1S03, in the vicinity of Ackerson and Bear Mountain, Township 1S, Range 19E. Smoke may be visible from Hwy. 120 and Evergreen […]

You Can Stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Visit Curry Village & Ski at Badger Pass Once Again

You Can Stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Visit Curry Village & Ski at Badger Pass Once Again

Yosemite, CA…Lawsuit Settled Between National Park Service, DNC Parks and Resorts, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC Over Trademarks and Service Marks. DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at […]

Defensible Space Inspections Begin on June 10th, 2019 in Yosemite Area

Defensible Space Inspections Begin on June 10th, 2019 in Yosemite Area

Yosemite, CA….Are you fire ready? Defensible space inspections will begin in the park on June 10th. Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This […]

Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures Inspire Park Visitors

Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures Inspire Park Visitors

Yosemite National Park, CA…Discover Yosemite National Park through the eyes of naturalist guides with lifetimes of Yosemite experience and insider knowledge on one of Yosemite Conservancy’s unforgettable Outdoor Adventures with proceeds going to restoring trails and habitat, protecting vulnerable wildlife and park educational programs. Students from the Yosemite Leadership Program (one of the youth programs […]

Pre-Emptive Road Closures in Burn Scar Areas

Pre-Emptive Road Closures in Burn Scar Areas

Mariposa, CA…Caltrans, the National Weather Service (NWS) and several other agencies and partners are teaming up to bring a proactive approach to weather forecasting and its impact on California’s transportation network. Caltrans District 10 (Stockton) and the NWS Hanford office in Central California are co-piloting the “Prepare Program” in Mariposa County. This program calls for […]

Morning Road Conditions & Chain Control Update for March 8th

Morning Road Conditions & Chain Control Update for March 8th

Arnold, CA…You will need to chain up or engage the 4wd this morning to make it to the slopes. On Hwy 88 they have it open through the Carson Spur area and controls are in effect above Dew Drop Inn. Hwy 26 is still closed for repairs. Bear Valley devotees will need traction aids above […]

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