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California Wildfires

While a few lingering wildfires continue to burn in isolated areas throughout the state, Yosemite Valley has reopened. Visitors can access Yosemite Valley from the El Portal Road (Highway 140), the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) or the Tioga Road (Highway 120). The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona and Hetch Hetchy are all open. The Wawona Road (Highway 41) will remain closed from Wawona to Yosemite Valley for at least another week due to ongoing fire activity and firefighter operations. 

Park visitors should be aware that there are still air quality concerns and there will be limited hours at park facilities as the park returns to normal operations. For updated information on impacts across the High Sierra region, visit Yosemite National Park ServiceYosemite Mariposa County Tourism BureauVisit Yosemite| Madera County,  Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau and Mono County Tourism Bureau.

Despite the wildfires, California remains a safe and accessible place to visit. All major airports and roadways are open and vast majority of the Golden State is unaffected by the fires. In fact, fires currently comprise less than one percent of the state’s total land mass.

We encourage visitors who are planning a trip to contact their hotel and local visitor’s bureau to see if the destination is impacted. 

  • For detailed information on the current wildfires, visit CalFire
  • For impacts to Lake and Mendocino counties, check out Visit Mendocino County
  • For impacts in Shasta County near Redding, check out Visit Redding

Caroline Beteta

President & CEO

Visit California