Free admittance comes with an obstacle

08/21/2013 8:03 PM

08/21/2013 8:03 PM

Yosemite National Park is offering free admission Sunday, in observation of the anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.

However, the park may not be easily inaccessible for Modesto area residents unless the large and growing Rim Fire on the north side of the park is brought under control by then.

Highway 120 is closed in both directions at this time. We urge potential visitors to check the fire status before heading toward the park.

We have regular updates on, and the Stanislaus National Forest provides details on its fire incident website at

This may be one of those situations where a free opportunity is not a good deal.

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