I think this new development merits a separate thread, which I will link on the clearinghouse thread.
Fire and NPS officials have made the decision to keep Yosemite Valley CLOSED INDEFINITELY.
All roads into the park now have fire on them, and fire is threatening to cross Hwy 120.
NPS employees are being told not to report to work unless specifically directed by supervisors. The NPS (don't know about the hotel, restaurant, and other concessioners) is working on finding alternative work locations as well as housing for people displaced from their residences and workplaces, including UC Merced.
There is a new fire, the Donnell Fire, 5800 acres as of Sunday evening, in Stanislaus NF. It has mandated some evacuations. Hwy 108 (Sonora pass) is now closed from 12 to 26 miles east of Strawberry to Kennedy Meadows. This takes away the next convenient crossing from the Eastern Sierra to San Francisco. The next trans-Sierra crossing north is Hwy 89 (Monitor) and Hwy 4 (Ebbets), not advisable for trailers, oversize vehicles, or those with acrophobia. Hwy 89 has steep grades and tight curves over sheer drops, and Hwy 4’s twists and turns make it probably the most labor-intensive of any state road over the Sierra. For those willing to take 4, there is the chance to see Calaveras Big Trees State Park and giant sequoias like those in Yosemite or Sequoia-Kings Canyon. Once you get to the west side, there is also a fire in the Mother Lode south of the town of Vallecitos, the Parrot Fire; if you are visiting Angels Camp, Columbia, or Sonora, it may make its presence known to you.