Environment & Science

Yosemite wildfire update: 2 firefighters injured, Half Dome reopens to hikers

A photo shared by Yosemite National Park shows the Meadow Fire burning in the Little Yosemite Valley area, a popular tourist destination.
A photo shared by Yosemite National Park shows the Meadow Fire burning in the Little Yosemite Valley area, a popular tourist destination.
Courtesy of Yosemite National Park

Despite rising temperatures, firefighters battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Forest were able to slow the flames and reopen portions of the park, including the scenic Half-Dome hiking trail. 

"It was mainly just an aggressive attack from both air and hand crews," said fire information officer Chris Gaulding. "It's very steep and rugged terrain out there." 

Firefighters sustained two minor injuries over the weekend. Both, Gaulding said, were treated and released from the hospital. 

Authorities also revised down the acreage of the fire Sunday after "more accurate mapping" was done. 

The number of visitors at the park rose sharply over the weekend, Gaulding said. Hikers with permits are allowed access to the Half Dome area during the day only.

" We did have some concerns from visitors regarding the smoke in Yosemite Valley," 

Cooler nighttime temperatures push the smoke into the valley, where hikers are more likely to breathe it in. 

"As the warmer temperatures throughout the day, the smoke rises out of the valley and everybody is able to do their sightseeing and enjoy their stay here at the park," Gaulding said. 

 Crews are expecting higher winds in the coming week, he said.

Firetracker: Meadow Fire, Mariposa County