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Significant Progress Made on Big Meadow Fire

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avatar Significant Progress Made on Big Meadow Fire
August 31, 2009 03:16PM
Significant Progress Made on Big Meadow Fire
Date: August 31, 2009

The Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 4,909 acres, from 4,382 acres yesterday. Containment is at 55%. Firefighters made good progress at strengthening fire lines on the south and west part of the fires. The fire is active on the northern flank of the fire approaching the Tioga Road near Tamarack Flat and in the upper Crane Creek drainage.

The Tioga Road in Yosemite will have restricted access, between the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station and White Wolf, which will begin tomorrow, September 1. This is due to fire activity from the Big Meadow Fire. This segment of the Tioga Road will have controlled access with a pilot car between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The road will be closed at night to through traffic from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Motorists should expect delays throughout the day. Visitors will still have access to Hodgdon Meadow Campground near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station.

The Big Oak Flat Road, from Crane Flat Gas Station to the intersection of El Portal Road and Big Oak Flat Road, remains closed due to fire activity. In addition, Crane Flat and Tamarack Flat Campgrounds, Foresta, Old El Portal, and Yosemite View Lodge also remain closed. There is no projected opening date at this time.

For additional fire information please visit http://www.inciweb.org, http://www.nps.gov/yose/fire and http://www.nps.gov/fire/public/pub_firenews.cfm. In addition, visitors may call 209-372-0669 or 209-372-0327 for updated fire information during business hours.
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