The fires in California this summer are devastating. The whole state seems to be ablaze. So many fire fighters are doing their best against the many raging infernos, but full containment is elusive. Lives have been lost, not to mention houses and other structures destroyed. Countless communities are on edge, either under evacuation orders or nervously watching the fires approach.
No fires are close to me. Thank goodness. Smoke is invading Bakersfield’s atmosphere and creating bad air days, but the actual blazes are not just down my road. For me, the fire that most worries me is the Ferguson Fire, raging near Yosemite National Park. That fire has been burning for about a month and is about 82% contained. Yosemite Valley and other parts of the park have been closed for over a week but are scheduled to re-open to visitors in a couple of days. Of course, getting back to normal will take much longer—and the burned areas may only recover years from now.
Driving in from Wawona to take a tour through Yosemite Valley.
I always love the view of Cloud’s Rest, coming out of Tunnel View.
It was great to drive along the Merced River, finding places to stop and relax.
The Merced River was delightfully raging at spots. A holdover from the previous year’s rain.
Let’s hope this year’s fires do not actually destroy this wonderful national park. But more importantly, let’s pray all the fires are contained soon and further losses are minimized and the fire fighters and other front-line personnel are praised and thanked for all they do.