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Yosemite Forest Fire Scorched 11 Square Miles

September 8, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The 7,425-acre Big Meadow fire in Yosemite National Park is now listed on inciweb.org as being 100% contained, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The fire had been burning since Aug. 26 when a 91-acre controlled burn escaped its intended boundary. 

All roads except for one were opened to traffic on Sunday. The remaining road closure — Big Oak Flat Road from Crane Flat to El Portal Road — is scheduled to re-open at 5 p.m. today (Sept. 8).

Firefighters continue to mop up hot spots around Tamarack Flat campground and the Foresta community. 

“Working under difficult conditions, the fire crews demonstrated ingenuity, determination, and painstaking attention to safety in finishing the task of making the Big Oak Flat Road through Yosemite National Park safe again for travelers,”  park acting superintendent Dave Uberuaga said in an issued release.

Burned areas next to roads will remain closed to the public and drivers are advised to use caution due to smoke.

Remaining closed indefinitely are the Crane Flat and Tamarack campgrounds. Old Big Oak Flat trail head and Rockslides and Tamarack Creek trails, all which lead to El Capitan, also remain closed.

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