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Yosemite: Hikers with Half Dome permits close down by Meadow fire

Yosemite: Hikers with Half Dome permits close down by Meadow fire

The renouned route and cables to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park remained off boundary to hikers Monday, a day after a flourishing Meadow glow forced a helicopter depletion of 85 hikers and climbers from a area, a park central said.

Yosemite stays open, though park staff were contacting hikers who had permits to use a Half Dome cables Monday to tell them a route to a tip of a 8,800-foot slab rise was closed. A preference on either to open a route and a cables on Tuesday hadn’t been done as of Monday morning.

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The glow blazing within Little Yosemite Valley on both sides of a Merced River grew from 700 acres to roughly 2,600 acres in a day. No containment estimates were done as of midday Monday.

Each year thousands of hikers enter a preseason lottery operated by Recreation.gov for a shot during a 225 day permits and 75 backpacking permits to use a cables released daily. The rarely desired permits are compulsory to travel adult a array of high steel cables propitious with wooden slats to a top. There’s also a daily lottery that distributes approximately 50 permits to last-minute assent seekers.

Half Dome wire permits cost $8 per chairman and an focus price of $4.50 to $6.50 is compulsory by Oct. 14, continue permitting. After that, cables are private until a subsequent deteriorate that starts in late May.

The Half Dome Trail isn’t a usually one affected. Yosemite stays open, though backcountry trails like those to Little Yosemite Valley and a Sunrise Trail to Clouds Rest also are shut.

Hikers with permits who were formulation to travel Half Dome and other backcountry trails should check a park’s website, Facebook page and Twitter for updates on a glow and park closures.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

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