Yosemite National Park located in California announced on Tuesday that it will temporarily close parts of the park due to the ongoing Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the life of a firefighter while trying to battle the blaze. According to the National Park Service, the park will close at noon (local time) on Wednesday. It is expected to reopen on Sunday.
Yosemite Valley and Wawona are the two areas of Yosemite that will be shutting down on Wednesday, and visitors are recommended to leave their campsite as soon as possible.
Since the fire began on Friday, July 13, several other park facilities and roads have been closed due to fire impacts and the need to support firefighting operations. These closures include the Glacier Point Road, Bridalveil Creek Campground, the Wawona Campground, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias and others.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire is 25 percent contained and has burned nearly 37,000 acres.