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Despite Wildfire, Yosemite National Park to Remain Open this Holiday Weekend

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For those planning a trip to Yosemite National Park this weekend, about a five-hour drive from L.A., they don't have to worry about the Meadow Fire ruining too many of their plans, officials say. The park will remain open, save for some off-limit areas and roads due to the 7,240-acre blaze. The fire began Wednesday as a 90-acre controlled burn that got out of control. Although it grew over 1,000 acres since yesterday, it has been 70 percent contained, according to a news release.

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Yosemite Valley remains accessible to visitors via Highway 140 and Highway 41. Access to Tuolumne Meadows, Olmsted Point, and White Wolf from the east side (via Hwy. 395 at Lee Vining) remains open utilizing the Tioga Pass Entrance. All campgrounds in the park are open with the exception of Crane Flat Campground and Tamarack Flat Campground.

The Big Oak Flat Road is closed to through traffic at the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to the junction of the El Portal Road. In addition, the Tioga Road remains closed to through traffic from White Wolf to the Crane Flat Gas Station. These closures will remain in effect through the Labor Day weekend and until further notice.

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Visitors may call 209-372-0669 or 209-372-0327 for updated fire information during business hours.