According to the national Park Service, Yosemite National Park was first protected in 1864 and is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias and a vast wilderness area. Recently, Yosemite is also known for its wildfires, the Rim Fire in 2013 and the Ferguson Fire in July and August of 2018.
In this episode of All Hazards, Park Rangers Scott Gediman and Jamie Richards talk about how the Ferguson Fire impacted the park, challenged them as rangers and as public affairs officers, and how they fought perceptions that the entire park was closed when in fact it was open.
YNP Closure Press Release
YNP Closure Press Release Update 1
YNP Closure Press Release Update 2
Ferguson Fire Map
Experience Yosemite National Park in Virtual Reality with President Obama
NPS YouTube: YosemiteNationalPark
Mr. President Goes to Yosemite