Highway 140 will be open to all traffic starting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 30, at 6 am for eastbound traffic and 6:45 am for westbound traffic. Use extra caution–fire crews and vehicles may be present on the road.
Archive for August, 2011
The Motor Fire started August 25, 2011 at approximately 12:30pm on Hwy 140, along the Merced River and near Cedar Lodge.
On Monday evening, August 22, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a report of a person falling off the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts. Yesterday, August 23, 2011, the victim’s body was [...]
Highway 140 is closed west of El Portal due to a fire burning outside of Yosemite National Park. Currently there is no access to Yosemite Valley from Mariposa via Highway 140. Highways 41 and 120 are open to Yosemite Valley. For more information on the Highway 140 road closure call Caltrans at (800)427-7623
Here’s a really great video about Jimmy Chin, a photographer on assignment for National Geographic documenting the climbing culture in Yosemite. He’s a great photographer and what he goes through to get a shot is stupendous.
Update: The NPS is saying now lightning wasn’t a factor in her death and that she slipped on the cables. Initial reports were that she had been struck on Half Dome. Very saddened to hear a woman was struck and killed by lightning this weekend while on top of Half Dome. Our deepest sympathies go [...]