America is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, from pristine lakes and mighty rivers to natural sandstone arches and snow-capped mountains.
Crews have pushed forward with building containment lines around the wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park as authorities lift evacuation orders and advisories for several Sierra Nevada communities once threatened by the massive blaze.
The fire has moved northeast away from Groveland, where smoke gave away to blue skies Sunday. But at Tuolumne City’s Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne City, the slot machines were quiet as emergency workers took over nearly all of the resort’s 148 hotel rooms.
Thursday afternoon Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for the Rim Fire burning in Tuolumne County.
An out-of-control wildfire was threatening more than 2,000 houses, hotels and camp buildings near Yosemite National Park, leading to the evacuation of remote rural homes and camps, and cutting off a key highway.
One counselor was killed and four others were injured after a large oak tree fell Wednesday at a Jewish summer camp near Yosemite National Park.
A wind-whipped wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Central Sierra foothills forced the evacuation of about 150 houses and threatened others, a state fire official said on Monday.
Oleg Kalman was swimming about 150 feet from the edge of the waterfall when he got caught in a swift current. Less than a minute later, he was gone.
A tour bus carrying visitors from Yosemite National Park was traveling at an unsafe speed when the driver lost control and crashed on a mountain road, leaving 16 people injured, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.
The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.
Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite officials told 1,700 past visitors on Tuesday they may have been exposed to a rodent-borne disease already blamed for the deaths of two people who stayed in cabins at the national park.