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Yosemite: dangerous smoke, fireplace closure. Oh, and biting snakes.

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The air quality in Yosemite Valley was rated hazardous for most of Monday and is expected to remain that way Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Creek Fire, burning 25 miles south of the valley, raised the air quality index above 350 for most of Monday. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, it was 479. Over 300 is considered hazardous for everyone.

Yosemite National Park warned visitors to avoid outdoor activity when the air quality is considered hazardous. It said visitors who cut their trips short and people who cancel reservations for upcoming visits should check with Recreation.gov about refunds.

In case the Creek Fire moves into the park, Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove has been closed to visitors.

Two wildfires are burning along the park’s Tioga Road, both of them near White Wolf Campground:

  • The Blue Jay Fire, started by lightning on July 26, has burned 3,500 acres on the south side of Tioga Road.
  • The Wolf Fire, started by lightning on August 11, has burned 828 acres on the north side of the road.

One lane of Tioga Road (Highway 120) is closed at the east boundary of the park, and a pilot car is escorting traffic during the day. The road is closed overnight, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

And if that weren’t enough: Yosemite Search & Rescue reported that two visitors had to be rescued late last month because of rattlesnake bites.

One was a backcountry camper who was fishing barefoot Aug. 27 in the Tuolumne River in the Grand Canyon area. While stepping onto the bank, he dislodged a rock and was bitten by the snake that had been underneath it. He and his wife tried to hike out; when it became apparent he was not going to be able to walk, she left him with another backpacker and walked most of the night to Glen Aulin, where she placed a call for help. A helicopter took the bite victim to Crane Flat, where he received emergency treatment, then he was taken to a Modesto hospital.

Two days later, a man hiking with two companions on the Chilnualna Falls trail in Wawona was bitten on the knee in an area where a slope rose steeply next to the path. The party found cellphone service in the area and called for help. The bite victim was taken by helicopter to the Wawona golf course and then to a Modesto hospital.

Both men suffered pain and nausea and were hospitalized for more than a week.

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