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Yosemite Valley To Remain Closed Indefinitely Due To Ferguson Fire

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Hannah Whyatt poses for a friend's photo as smoke from the Ferguson fire fills Yosemite Valley, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Yosemite National Park, Calif.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The Yosemite Valley will be closed indefinitely due to the Ferguson Fire, National Park officials announced Sunday.

The park service says the parts of Yosemite that will remain closed include Yosemite Valley, El Portal Road, Wawona Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Wawona Campground, Crane Flat Campground and Tamarack Campground.

The Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and other areas of the park closed July 25. They were first scheduled to reopen Friday before estimates were pushed back to Sunday at the earliest.

While officials gave no date to reopen those areas, a statement from the National Park service said fire managers "will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen."

The fire has reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park. Workers who live in Yosemite's popular Valley region were ordered to leave Friday because of inaccessible roads.

Two firefighters have died fighting the blaze, which is currently 89,633 acres with 35 percent containment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This story is developing and will be updated as we get more information.

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