Photo of Nevada Fall near Liberty Cap as seen from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park

Human Waste, Trash Overwhelm Yosemite Amid National Shutdown

Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, including Yosemite, on Monday, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visi...
Photo of Taft Point in Yosemite National Park

2 Die After Falling From Overlook in Yosemite National Park

SAN FRANCISCO — Two visitors died in a fall from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park, an official said. The couple fell from Taft Point, which is at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Park rangers were trying to recover the bodies of a man and a woman ...
Photo of Ferguson Fire smoke filling Yosemite National Park

Ferguson Fire Now the Biggest in Sierra National Forest History

Officials overseeing the effort against the deadly Ferguson Fire said Monday morning that it is the largest wildfire in Sierra National Forest history. The fire has grown to 91,502 acres and is 38% contained, officials said. There have been two fatalitie...
Photo of air tanker dropping retardant on the Ferguson Fire

Second Firefighter Dies Battling Ferguson Fire

Firefighter Brian Hughes, 33, was struck by a tree and killed Sunday while working as part of a crew removing brush and other fuel near the Ferguson Fire's front lines, national parks officials said. Origina...
Photo of plane fighting the Ferguson Fire passing a setting sun

Yosemite Park Boss: ‘Get Yourself Out of Here If You Can’

An iconic section of Yosemite National Park will be closed for several days at the height of summer tourist season as crews try to stop the stubborn Ferguson Fire from spreading, authorities said at a community meeting Tuesday morning. "Get yourself out of ...