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The Famous Yosemite Firefall Lives On In Memory

| April 13, 2005

Yosemite Firefall, Mt. Clark (background), and Nevada Fall (lower left corner).<br />
Photographed by Richard Marklin on May 18, 1963 via YosemiteFireFall.org

Yosemite Firefall: “At 9:00 each evening in Camp Curry, the crowd which had gathered for the nightly campfire program, would fall silent. A man would call out to the top of Glacier Point ‘Let the Fire Fall!’, and a faint reply could be heard from the top of the mountain. Then a great bonfire of red fir bark would be pushed evenly over the edge of the cliff, appearing to the onlookers below as a glowing waterfall of sparks and fire.

The spectacle was the Yosemite Firefall, a nightly tradition in Yosemite National Park for some 88 years.”


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