The following is an excerpt from reuters.com | July 24, 2018 |
(Reuters) - The Yosemite Valley and other parts of Yosemite National Park will close from Wednesday due to smoke from a raging California wildfire that is choking the air in the popular tourist destination, officials said on Tuesday.
The so-called Ferguson Fire, which has been burning since July 13 and has claimed the life of one firefighter, had charred about 36,600 acres (14,800 hectares) to the south and west of the park and was 25 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The park’s Yosemite Valley, Wawona and Mariposa Grove are to be closed through at least Sunday due to the fire operations, the National Park Service said.
Air quality in the area about 170 miles (275 kms) east of San Francisco was expected to be unhealthy to very unhealthy on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program.
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