Alex Miguel (l), Eliyan Levy (c) and Hakim Genta-Clinton (r) place their belongins into their vehicle as the last campers to depart the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park. The friends arrived to the park last night at 10:30pm and awoke to the news they had to leave their campsite by noon. All three gentleman are from Florida, and it was their first visit to the park. Miguel stated, "What can you do? Try again some other day." The friends plan to drive to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Yosemite Valley closed to visitors at 12:00 noon today, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, due air quality and safety concerns due to a wildfire burning near the park.
The Ferguson Fire has closed Highway 140, one of the main arteries into the park. Many park employees, park concession employees and campground hosts remain inside Yosemite Valley at present.