Yosemite National Park: Set to Reopen Following Closures Due to Wildfire Smoke

Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public this morning after being closed for a week due to significant smoke in the area related to the California’s wildfires.

In a statement made by the National Park Services, the air quality has improved in the park, and guests will be allowed to enter at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Yosemite National Park is the largest national park in California. It closed on September 17, due to hazardous air quality and a smoke warning which impacted the area.

According to Cal Fire, numerous wildfires are currently ravaging the state, with the first fire starting in late July.

Yosemite National Park’s Instagram

Earlier this month, Yosemite National Park’s Instagram page posted two photos of the park with a yellow and orange glow in the sky and apparent smoke.


Part of the lengthy caption read, “Due to the Creek Fire, a fire advisory is in effect south of Chinquapin in Yosemite National Park (this includes Wawona). An advisory message is a notice of danger in the future; it is NOT an evacuation order, but you should get set in case an order is given.”

The post continues by talking about the effects the Creek Fire has had on the park.

“The Creek Fire is currently burning outside the park, in the Shaver Lake area. Visibility and air quality are reduced throughout Yosemite due to smoke.”

The photo has received 44.4 thousand likes and over 430 comments.

In addition, this post is just one of many highlighting the damage the fires have had on the park.


In a post from yesterday, the park’s Instagram showed an updated, clear photo of the national park’s condition. This caption speaks of the reopening, but how officials will continue to monitor the “air quality, smoke impacts, and resulting impacts on public health.”


This post has already received over 43 thousand likes and 350 comments.

[H/T Fox News]