As the wildfires in California continue to rage, Yosemite National Park was forced to temporarily close Thursday night. The smoke from nearby fires is causing poor air quality, considered so hazardous to health. Starting at 5:00 PM on Thursday, the park closed access to both visitors and vehicles.
The National Parks Service told Travel & Leisure, “With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least throughout the weekend. The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region.”