Rim Fire: Sierra fire puts some Labor Day tourists in quandary, but grows slowly Thursday (MAP)

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

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A park visitor prepares to dive into a Yosemite Valley river on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California, as the Rim Fire continued to burn on the western edge of the park. While the fire burns, the valley floor of the park remains open.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A view of the Yosemite Valley on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. As the Rim Fire continues to burn on the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the valley floor of the park remains open.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A deer runs through a parking lot in the Yosemite Valley on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. As the Rim Fire continues to burn on the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the valley floor of the park remains open.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

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Park visitors are seen on the beach of a Yosemite Valley river on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. As the Rim Fire continues to burn on the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the valley floor of the park remains open.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Park visitors sit for dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. As the Rim Fire continues to burn on the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the valley floor of the park remains open.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A view of the Yosemite Valley on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. As the Rim Fire continues to burn on the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the valley floor of the park remains open.


The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer as the Rim Fire continued to grow — official estimates were up almost 7,000 acres to 199,237 acres burned.

Tourists who keep their hard-to-get Labor Day lodging reservations in Yosemite will enjoy a pleasant surprise: clear air with less of the usual holiday congestion.

The park has seen some reservation cancellations and some nearby mountain communities have had a serious drop-off in business due to the 311-square-mile Rim Fire, which was at 32 percent containment Thursday evening.

But 20 miles upwind in Yosemite Valley, the sky is clear and not even the scent of smoke is in the air.

However, some hotels and motels at Lake Tahoe report canceled reservations due to the smoke plume from the Yosemite fire.

With contributions by KPCC staff

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