Ferguson Fire Update from ECCO
Looking up to the mountains from the Central Valley, one can only wonder what its like closer to the Ferguson Fire which has grown to more than 36,000 acres in size.
Highway 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park was closed at 12:01 a.m. July 25th and park guests were asked to evacuate Yosemite Valley by noon that day. Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Mariposa Grove are closed at least July 25–July 29 due to fire operations. Regarding reopening, officials state that they will be making decisions day by day. Tioga Road and Tuolumne Meadows, including Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass entrances, and Hetch Hetchy remain open.
ECCO is not directly affected by the Ferguson Fire and will remain open to scheduled groups. However, due to the park closure and uncertainty about its reopening date, ECCO has cancelled its Road Scholar Inter-gen program that was scheduled to begin on July 29th. ECCO is continuing to offer available rooms to fire personnel.
The amount of smoke in the air varies day by day. Local smoke conditions are good when compared to the Railroad Fire last year. Although ECCO is making face masks available to guests, few guests feel that they are necessary.
More than 3,000 personnel have been called to fight the fire. Please continue to pray for their safety as they work to protect lives and property.