Part of Yosemite National Park in California is closed when firefighters fight for a giant forest fire in the west that has threatened the park's forest and filled it with smoke. The Yosemite Valley is closed until at least Sunday. (25th of July)
A second firefighter from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks died in the Ferguson Fire on Sunday morning, the authorities said.
The Mariposa County Sheriff Office announced the death his crew were involved in a tactical shooting action, according to ABC7 News in Fresno on the east side of the fire.The firefighter, whose name is held back until the family is notified, was hit by a tree who was treated at the scene, but died before entering
"The team at Sequoia and Kings National Parks has been devastated by this terrible news story," Park Superintendent Woody Smeck told the station, "Our deepest condolences go out to the firefighter's family and relatives mourn this loss with you. "
Formerly a bulldozer driver died for the Californian Forestry and Fire Department, be before he took the same fire.
The insatiable wildfire that burns near 85 square kilometers of California's Yosemite National Park will be the Preserving Iconic Yosemite Valley For visitors visiting until at least Friday afternoon, a brutal blow to some businesses that rely on the park.
Yosemite Valley, with attractions such as Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome, is a small part of the magnificent park that spans more than 1,100 square miles. The valley, the tip of the tourists, has been taboo since last week because of the heavy smoke of the forest fire that has been raging since July 13th.
Liz and Ron Skelton operate the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn at El Portal, just outside the park entrance in Yosemite Valley. The last few days have been filled with help in evacuating people, telling others that their travel plans need to be changed, and that they and their neighbors have to endure the tragedies that the fire has brought into their community.
And when the smoke clears, they know that the fire will cost their business thousands of dollars.
"It's really sad for the small, local companies like us who can not afford cancellation insurance," she said. "And I had to send sad emails to people from all over the world who said we needed to close."
Business owners near other areas of the park said the news – and the view – was not bad. The glacier-rich Hetch Hetchy Valley in the northwestern part of the park is still open.
"Some reports sound like the entire park is closed, and that's definitely not it," said Ambria Witt, hotel manager Charlotte and the Grooveland Hotel near the park's Big Oak Flat entrance
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The entrance remains open, and their hotel is full, Witt said.
"There are no great places to see in this area if you only go to the Yosemite Valley," she said, "There are wonderful walks and the guests enjoy it."
Miles long Yosemite Valley open on Sunday, but the closure extended due to excessive smoke and fire fighting in the area.When it opens, "limited visitor services will be available within Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging and food service operations" The Park Service warned visitors on parts of the park that remained open to expect "poor air quality and visibility." Witt said the area near Groveland was not affected.
19659008] The fire, one of more than a dozen raging across the state, was blamed for a death: a bulldozer for the Californian Ministry of Forestry and Fire Protection. Seven people were injured
Much of the fire burns in steep, rugged terrain with little to no access roads. In several areas, there is a mandatory and a counseling evacuation, but no houses were damaged or destroyed, said firefighters.
Almost 4,000 firefighters fight the fire, supported by hundreds of machines, bulldozers and 16 helicopters. There were profits, and the fire was listed at 30 percent included.
In El Portal, Liz Skelton said peak season for her business is April through October. Now is the best time.
"It's going to be tough this season," she said. "But that's fine, we're just glad that the building has not burned down."
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