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October 2, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Scott Gold
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Clare Cogan and Daniel Mohally stood forlornly inside the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, trying to determine how to salvage their honeymoon. The Cork, Ireland, couple had flown to the United States last week for a honeymoon that started in San Diego and will end in San Francisco. In between - the highlight of their trip - was an excursion to Yosemite. "We grew up seeing pictures of it in books," said Cogan, a 31-year-old receptionist. "You know, the cars underneath those huge sequoia trees.
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October 2, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
As the nation entered Day 2 of a federal government shutdown, national parks in California were clearing out the last of their visitors, with the gates locking behind them. The National Park Service operates 26 parks and other landmarks in California that logged nearly 36 million visitors in 2012, so the effect on tourists and outdoor enthusiasts was immediate. Visitors already staying at campgrounds or lodges within a national park when the closure took effect were given 48 hours to make other arrangements and leave.
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October 1, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Jason Wells
Yosemite National Park celebrated its 123rd birthday with a major nod from Google on Tuesday. From the federal government, not so much. One of the most visible repercussions of the federal government shutdown -- the immediate closure of the country's 401 national parks -- was made all the more obvious Tuesday with a Google Doodle that payed homage to Yosemite. But starting Tuesday morning, visitors will find entrance gates closed and barricaded, visitor centers shuttered and their camping and hotel reservations   canceled, park officials said.
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October 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Congress established Yosemite National Park on Oct. 1, 1890 -- and shut down it down on its birthday Tuesday over the budget standoff. National parks, Smithsonian museums and even World War II overseas cemeteries have been closed because of the government shutdown that began at midnight. Travelers will still be able to fly because vital services such as air traffic controllers and airport security screeners will remain on the job. But what will you see when you arrive at your destination?
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October 1, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say. During an annual trek to the glacier deep in Yosemite's backcountry last month, Greg Stock, the park's first full-time geologist, found that Lyell Glacier had shrunk visibly since his visit last year, continuing a trend that began more than a century ago. Lyell has dropped 62% of its mass and lost 120...
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September 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mammoth Rim fire, which burned into the western portion of Yosemite National Park while scorching large swaths of the Stanislaus National Forest, is inching closer to its end. U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is now 92% contained after consuming 402 square miles. Full containment is expected Sunday, they added. Fire activity continues to be limited to "isolated smoldering" within the fire containment lines, according to an incident update posted by the U.S. Forest Service.
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September 23, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
TUOLUMNE, Calif. - Tourists stopped at the Rim of the World overlook on California 120 earlier this month to take photos of the panoramic view - just as they always have. But they stared in silence at the ashen hues of a landscape swept by the largest wildfire to burn in the Sierra Nevada in more than a century of recordkeeping. Steep canyon walls and mountain slopes that had been robed in chaparral and oak were now draped in black, spreading to the horizon in a funereal scene. To the north, miles and miles of forest were still and lifeless, the earth scoured by flame.
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September 22, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Each afternoon the fire's thunderous plume rose. At night, helicopter crews at the Crane Flat lookout watched a line of orange burning across the horizon. The line kept drawing closer. By the last week of August, every effort to halt the Rim fire before it moved deeper into the national park had failed. The blaze now had a clear path to the Tuolumne and Merced groves of giant sequoia, and the Rockefeller grove, one of the last stands of giant sugar pine untouched by logging.
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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 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Jason Wells, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Firefighters have made significant progress on a wildfire raging in Mt. Diablo State Park in Northern California, officials said Tuesday. The estimated burn area of the Morgan fire was reduced to 3,243 acres overnight Monday as a result of better mapping, and containment increased from 20% to 45%, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Todd Williams. Cooler weather with more coastal influence allowed crews to make progress on the blaze Monday night.
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