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Fires at CA National Parks: Fire Still Burning at Yosemite, but Contained near Pinnacles

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Two wildfires north of the Los Angeles region had prompted partial closures within National Park units over the weekend, but today one opened as the other continues to see dangers.

The Gloria Fire has been after burning some 6,400 acres northeast of Soledad and near Pinnacles National Monument. Officials with the National Park Service closed portions of the monument on Friday and today announced the reopening. “Pinnacles has been working closely with Cal Fire and with the fire completely contained and all evacuations and road closures lifted, I am comfortable lifting the park’s temporary closures,” Superintendent Eric Brunnemann explained in a statement. “I feel it is safe for visitors and staff to renter the areas that were temporary closed.” The closures backcountry trails were precautionary as the fire never entered the park. The fire was caused by fireworks meant to scare birds and other wildlife out of a vineyard.

Meanwhile, the Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park continues to burn. It's reached up to 4,909 acres and is 55 percent contained according to spokesperson Deb Schweizer. $5.7 million has been spent fighting the blaze, which is estimated to be contained by September 10th. 968 fire personnel are on the scene--three minor injuries to firefighters have been reported. Evacuations have been ordered in Foresta, Old El Portal and at the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal.