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April 24, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Officials at Yosemite National Park say snow plows will begin clearing Tioga Road next week and hope to reopen the highway by May 11. The road across Tioga Pass is a crucial one for tourists crossing the Sierra Nevada range. Park officials said a dry winter should speed the work. Plowing on the road to Glacier Point began this week, according to Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb, with a projected opening of May 3. Mariposa Grove road is already open Cobb cautioned that the opening dates are subject to late spring storms, road damage and other  safety concerns.
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October 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
State parks and towns adjacent to Yosemite National Park have a message for Californians: We're open for business. The government shutdown of national parks, forests, memorials and monuments that began Tuesday inadvertently has driven folks away from outdoor areas unaffected by the federal action. "Most people don't know the difference between a national park and a state park," John Koeberer, chief executive of California Parks Co., which operates concessions in national and state parks, said in a statement Wednesday.
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May 2, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tioga Road, the east-west ribbon of roadway that accesses Yosemite National Park 's back country, will open for the season at noon Monday, the earliest opening date for the road since 1987. Last year, the road that leads to Tuolumne Meadows didn't open until June 18 because of higher-than-average snow pack, thwarting Me m orial Day plans for hikers and backpackers. But this year it's the complete opposite. California is experiencing a very dry year , with snow pack about 50% of normal, according to a park statement.
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September 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yosemite National Park officials reopened the east-west California 120 last weekend, though the Rim fire continues to burn and has kept the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias and some campgrounds closed. Travelers also should not enter any part of the burn area on foot. California 120 , also known as Tioga Road, reopened at noon last Saturday after having been closed between Crane Flat and White Wolf for firefighting activities. Yosemite National Park officials advise travelers not to stop along the fire perimeter on the road that links Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows and the east entrance to the park.
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September 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yosemite National Park officials reopened the east-west California 120 last weekend, though the Rim fire continues to burn and has kept the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias and some campgrounds closed. Travelers also should not enter any part of the burn area on foot. California 120 , also known as Tioga Road, reopened at noon last Saturday after having been closed between Crane Flat and White Wolf for firefighting activities. Yosemite National Park officials advise travelers not to stop along the fire perimeter on the road that links Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows and the east entrance to the park.
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August 16, 1990 | KEVIN RODERICK and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With the park's high country wildfires in retreat, Yosemite Valley will reopen to summer vacationers at noon Monday without unusual restrictions, Supt. Michael Finley announced Wednesday. The only east-west route through Yosemite, Tioga Road, will open Friday at noon. The road, part of California 120, is a vital motoring link across the Sierra Nevada for tourists and mountain residents. Campgrounds and services along the road will also reopen.
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June 9, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Yosemite National Park -- It's nearly summer, and swarms of cars, buses and RVs breeze through Yosemite Valley as if on conveyor belts of asphalt. But up here at 8,400 feet, along the snowbound solitude of Tioga Road, winter is still in control. Three members of a National Park Service avalanche control team move out from their camp near Olmsted Point. They are here to bend nature's timetable and help clear the highest automobile route across the Sierra. From a distance, they are ephemeral figures dwarfed by the eternal landscape — a steep, treeless mountainside loaded with tons of ice and snow just waiting for a trigger.
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May 25, 2004 | Christopher Reynolds
Tioga Road, the backdoor to Yosemite National Park that vanishes under snow each winter, is open again for travelers. The road, also known as California Highway 120, reopened on May 14, two weeks earlier than it did last year. It generally remains open through early November, depending on weather. Meanwhile, park service crews on Half Dome have strung cables that aid summer hikers on the steep final stretch of the trail to the top, 8,842 feet above sea level.
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September 28, 2004
Six of us backpacked into the Mono Pass area of Yosemite under cloudless blue skies Sept. 17. That night we huddled sleepless in our tents while the first storm of the winter season nearly blew us away. We woke up to snow flurries and hiked out, abandoning our climb of Koip Peak. The next day the ranger said they received 2 inches of snow and closed Tioga Road (Hwy. 120) for the night from Tuolumne Meadows to Lee Vining. Beth Powis Glendale
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June 7, 2005
Vernal Falls is one of many gushing flumes putting on a show in Yosemite this year. Flooding closed the valley last month, but all roads are open now. However, if you're hankering for the high country, you'll have to wait until Independence Day, when work crews hope to clear Tioga Road of trees, rocks and snow from winter storms. Other park roads are open, but hikers can expect backcountry trails blocked by snow and debris. For current conditions, call (209) 372-0200 or visit www.nps.
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September 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The cost of battling the massive Rim fire raging in and around Yosemite National Park has reached $100 million, federal fire officials said Monday night. The blaze has charred 253,332 acres -- or 396 square miles -- of brush and timber after erupting in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17, fire officials said. The blaze is 80% contained. The U.S. Forest Service said firefighters faced hot and very dry conditions Monday as flames tore through pockets of unburned vegetation around Thompson Peak and on the south edge of the fire.
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September 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Rim fire burning near Yosemite has burned 246,350 acres, making it the third largest fire in state history, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday. The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River on Aug. 17, has burned about 385 square miles of national forest and parkland and destroyed 111 buildings, including 11 homes and three businesses. The cost of fighting the fire reached $81 million Thursday. The Rim fire replaced the 2007 Zaca fire in Santa Barbara County as California's third largest ever.
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September 1, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire has burned into Yosemite National Park and into the record books, consuming 222,777-acres. It is now 40% contained. Officials said progress continued, despite hot conditions and some winds overnight. "Crews completed putting a fire line around the spot fire southeast of Pilot Peak; however, localized winds last night created new spot fires that will be addressed today," according to Inciweb. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said he monitored the blaze's progress daily as flames threatened Sierra Nevada communities, ancient sequoia groves and the reservoir that holds San Francisco's water supply.
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August 31, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- Officials reported Saturday that the Rim fire has burned 219,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park as hot conditions posed new challenges for firefighters. The fire -- the fifth largest in state history -- is now 35% contained. Officials said the fire was "very active" in some places overnight and that aircraft would he used again Saturday to make water drops. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
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August 31, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
GROVELAND, Calif. - As the Rim fire has burned into Yosemite National Park and into the record books, it has been watched around the world. From Washington, D.C., National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said he monitored the blaze's progress daily as flames threatened Sierra Nevada communities, ancient sequoia groves and the reservoir that holds San Francisco's water supply. On Saturday, he went to see the blaze firsthand. "This is a gnarly fire," Jarvis told firefighters at a morning briefing.
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August 30, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif.--Warm, dry weather through the Labor Day weekend poses new challenges for firefighters battling the Rim fire in and around Yosemite. The Rim fire has so far scorched more than 213,000 acres since it began Aug. 17, making it the fifth-largest fire in California history. The massive fire is 32% contained, and officials expect it will take two to three weeks for full containment. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
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October 15, 1995 | Associated Press
Tioga Pass through Yosemite National Park was closed Saturday night during a hunt for a San Francisco parolee who is suspected of kidnaping and assaulting a park employee who picked him up while he was hitchhiking. A warrant was issued for Phil Lund, 56, who allegedly pulled a stun gun on a campground attendant Friday afternoon after she agreed to give him a ride from a campground on the valley floor to the nearby town of El Portal, park spokeswoman Kris Fister said.
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June 12, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Yosemite National Park's favorite beach is getting a face lift. Tenaya Lake, the sparkling alpine oasis along the park's busy Tioga Road, is being upgraded this summer with new parking and picnicking facilities. The trail system is being rerouted to avoid harm to the shore's delicate wetlands. The renovations are intended to undo decades of neglect to basic services, repairing parking lots and restrooms, and also to ease damage done by the free-range trampling by families trekking to the lake to swim and paddle in the summer and ice skate in the winter.
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August 30, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif.--Shifting winds and the hottest and driest conditions in a week continued to hamper the efforts of firefighters battling the massive Rim fire on Friday in and around Yosemite National Park, officials said. There were still active parts of the fire at the northern perimeter near Tuolumne City. "It's still giving us some angst," said Gary Wuchner, an information and education specialist with the national park. Temperatures hovered in the high 80s on Friday, with winds at 15 mph from the west and humidity at 21%. Continued warm and dry weather is forecast for the next several days, which will continue to slow burnout progress.
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August 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Julie Cart
A drone the size of a small Cessna plane buzzing over the massive Rim fire has become a valuable tool as commanders use its real-time imagery to strategize their next move. The remotely piloted plane began flying Wednesday morning after Incident Cmdr. Mike Wilkins requested the MQ-1 aircraft belonging to the California Air National Guard. It has since been giving fire commanders a bird's-eye view of the 300-square-mile blaze in and around Yosemite National Park, which is now the sixth largest fire in state history.
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