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Yosemite Big Walls Closed to Climbers Due to Wildfire

On July 25, Yosemite National Park was closed by US National Park officials due to the Ferguson wildfire.

The fire started on July 13 and has burned 38,522 acres (155.6 sq km) and are only 25 per cent contained.

The fires are surely disrupting many climbers’ plans to visit the big walls in the valley.

Yosemite sees about 600,000 visitors come through its granite pass in July. Last year, visitors spent $452 million and officials estimate the park contributes $589 million to the US economy.

Satellite imagery from the European Space Agency show the fires just outside Yosemite.

Closed areas include Yosemite Valley, Wawona and Mariposa, which is about 30 per cent of the park.

Half Dome, Sentinel Dome and El Capitan are part of the closed areas. The Mariposa grove had only recently reopened after three years of restoration which aimed to improve trails and waterways.

Park officials estimate they’ll be able to reopen the areas Sunday July 29.