Now that the weather is starting to get more fair, now feels like a great time to visit our not so distant nature gems, except for Yosemite National Park, at least most of it. Our recent bouts of heavy precipitation has let plenty of snow pile up, and warmer than usual weather is melting that snow rapidly, prompting closures of Yosemite starting today and at minimum till May 3. More information at the link from NPS below.
Yosemite National Park’s largest and most iconic sequoia grove remained threatened by a wildfire Sunday afternoon as rough terrain and hot weather proved difficult for battling the blaze. Featured image credit (AP Photo/Noah Berger).
The Washburn Fire was first reported Thursday in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove, which houses over 500 mature sequoias, including the 3,000-year-old Grizzly Giant. It quickly spread amid hot and dry weather conditions: the fire grew to 2,000 acres Sunday evening, up from 466 acres recorded on Friday, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
The Washburn Fire also threatened the small nearby community of Wawona, forcing people to evacuate their homes and campsites Friday night.
This article first appeared in USA TODAY and you can read it in its entirety by clicking the button below.