The Wall Street Journal: Wildfire closes heart of Yosemite National Park for first time in decades

Authorities have closed the heart of Yosemite National Park, one of the nation’s most popular parks, as a fast-burning wildfire closes in during peak tourist season.

This is the first time a fire has closed down Yosemite Valley, the affected section of the Northern California park, since the 1990 A-Rock fire, which burned 17,770 acres, said Scott Gediman, a spokesman for Yosemite.

The current blaze, known as the Ferguson Fire, is about 2 miles away from the park, said Rich Eagan, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. Firefighters are focused on battling back flames that are moving toward the park’s western boundary, he said.

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