The Ferguson Fire

The Ferguson Fire

2018-08-06 Off By The Nomadness Team

On July 13th, 2018 at 9:36 in the evening the deadly Ferguson Fire begun. As it started at the Savage Trading Post in the Sierra National Forest it has spread over 91,502 acres. The fire has now threated Yosemite Valley to the point of immediate and mandatory evacuations due to loss of power, hazardous road conditions, and smoke. Going on day 25 with only 38% containment, the Ferguson fire continues to burn. Over 2,689 personnel have been continuously working hard and committed to suppressing and ending what is now known as the largest fire in the Sierra National Forest’s history. Stated by the U.S. National Forest Services, “there has been 2 fatalities, 11 injuries, and 10 structures destroyed.” Although, we are unaware of how this fire started, state officials have been updating the public daily and hourly for the most recent information on evacuations, road closures, and when it is safe to return back to civilians homes. Luckily, certain parts of Yosemite such as Tioga Pass, and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds are still open to visitors as of today. For more information on The Ferguson Fire and how you can still travel and stay safe keep reading below.


Road Updates:

  • Highway 120: Closed between Crane Flat and Big Oak Flat entrance
  • Highway 168: Open as of Friday
  • Highway 168 E: Closed from the Death Valley Road to the junction at Nevada State Route 266
  • Highway 158: Closed between Silver and Grant Lakes
  • Highway 41: Between Chilnualna Falls in Waswona and Bridalveil Road
  • River Road: From Briceburg Railroad Flat and all campground areas along highway 140
  • Anderson Valley Road
  • Foresta Road
  • Summit Road
  • Old Yosemite Road


Mandatory Evacuations:

  • Anderson Valley
  • River Road from Briceburg to last BLM Campground
  • Cedar Lodge
  • El Portal Trailer Court
  • Foresta
  • Old El Portal
  • Old Yosemite Road Rancheria Flat
  • Savage’s Trading Post
  • Wawona
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Yosemite West


For Current Information, Updates & Caltrans:


Basic Fire Information & Guides:


Red Cross Shelter:

  • New Life Christian Fellowship: 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA 95338


Animal Shelters:

  • Call: (206)966-3615 (Sheriff’s Office) or (888)402-2238 Ext.700 (Central Animal Team)
  • Visit:


Emergency Alerts:


How To Prepare For A Wildfire:


Returning Home After A Fire: