Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Patchy smoke. Near the crest, areas of smoke in the morning. Patchy smoke in the afternoon. Highs 83 to 91 at 5000 feet...67 to 75 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy smoke. Lows 56 to 66 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Patchy smoke. Highs 81 to 89 at 5000 feet... 69 to 77 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Smoke from Detwiller Fire in Mariposa County

Cal Fire is battling the Detwiller Fire near Lake McClure off Detwiller Road and Hunter's Valley Road. Folks in Yosemite will experience areas of smoke and haze.


Road Closure Posted by Cal Fire :

Road Closures: Hunter Valley Access * Hunter Valley Rd and Detwiller Rd * Bear Valley Rd at Mount Gains * Hwy 49 North * Pendola Garden Rd * Hwy 49 at Fremont Fort * Detwiller Rd * Cotton Creek Rd


For updated information on the Detwiller fire follow the attached link :



Fore Updated information on Air Quality and Smoke:


https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=533  (S. Saunders)



Limited Number of Day Parking Reservations Still Available for Yosemite Valley - Yosemite News Release July 17, 2017

Guaranteed parking will enhance a visitor’s experience during Yosemite’s busiest month


There are a limited number of day parking reservations still available for visitors planning a trip to Yosemite Valley on weekends this August. Securing a free day parking reservation in Yosemite Valley will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience during weekends in August, the park’s busiest month. These reservations are free (with a $1.50 service fee per reservation) and can be booked online  (www.recreation.gov) or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. There are 150 parking spaces available by reservation daily and availability is limited. This is the second year Yosemite National Park is testing a pilot day parking reservation program.


These parking reservations are located in the newly designed Yosemite Falls Parking Area, located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley. This parking lot also provides visitors the ability to avoid afternoon traffic congestion when leaving Yosemite Valley.


Visitors who book a parking reservation will be guaranteed a parking space in Yosemite Valley from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. A reservation is valid for one day only. Reservations are available for passenger vehicles up to 20 feet in length. At this time, reservations cannot be booked for RVs or trailers.


Anyone planning a trip on a Valley Tram Tour, a day hike on the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, or anyone attending a wedding in Yosemite Valley on any Saturday or Sunday this August are strongly encouraged to book a parking reservation today to guarantee a smooth parking experience. Visitors without reservations may experience up to a 3 hour wait for a parking space. Once you drive into Yosemite Valley, the park encourages visitors to park once and explore the Valley Floor by bicycle, on foot, or by taking advantage of the park’s free shuttle service to all major Valley attractions.


A great alternative to driving into Yosemite Valley is to consider parking at stops in the Gateway Communities and riding the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses into Yosemite Valley. Visit www.yarts.com for more information. Did you know there is Amtrak service to Yosemite National Park? Visit https://www.amtrak.com/take-train-to-yosemite-park to learn more.


Yosemite National Park welcomes over 5 million people from all over the United States and the world and serves as an strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Visitors to Yosemite National Park generate a cumulative economic benefit to the local economy of $686,339,500 and directly support 7883 local jobs. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall is North America, iconic rock formations like El Capitan and Half Dome, and is home for 90 species of mammals and over 1,500 plant species.


For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1.  (S. Gediman)






Hetch Hetchy Resource Guide Now Available

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with Yosemite National Park, has put together a resource guide about the Hetch Hetchy Water System. This guide was specifically designed as a tool to help park employees learn about the water system and the partnership between the two organizations. Check it out on SharePoint at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Supt/hetchy/Shared%20Documents/YNP%20Interpretive%20Resource%20Gde_rye_051617.pdf


For more information, or to get a copy of the Resource Guide, contact Heather Boothe at 372-0238 or heather_boothe@Nps.gov.  (H. Boothe)






Wawona Road Delays Near South Entrance

7-14-17: Crews are continuing the Rehabilitation of the Wawona Road.  This work will continue over the next 3 months.  At this time there is no weekend or night time work scheduled. The current work zone along Wawona Road is 1 mile south and 1/2 mile north of the South Entrance intersection.  The current traffic delays are as follows:


Monday thru Friday

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM 15-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 30-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM 15-Minute Delays With Alternating One-Way Traffic

(Pilot cars may be used to escort vehicles thru the construction zones.)  (M. Pieper)



Wawona Road Delays Between Bridalveil and the Rostrum

7-14-17: Crews are continuing to work nights on Wawona Road between Bridalveil and the Rostrum repairing damage from this past winters storm events.  The delays are Sunday night thru Thursday night 8PM to 6AM, with up to 30 minute delays, however on Monday, July 17th and Tuesday July 18th crews will also be working a day shift from 6AM to 5PM with up to 15 minute delays.  (M. Pieper)



El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

7-17-21: Contractor will be installing the force main on Foresta Rd. One-way traffic control on Foresta Road is expected this week. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. For additional information please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For any further questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (G. Chun, Y. Lugo, J. Richards)



Yosemite Valley Road Work 

Work crews are on schedule to finish work on Northside Drive in west Yosemite Valley between the Bridalveil View pullout and Pohono Bridge by the end of July. One lane will remain open at all times. Crews also expect to complete construction on Southside Drive between Housekeeping Camp and Half Dome Village by the end of July.  (L. Acree)


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