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Yosemite Park affected by brushfire

(Credit: Reuters) The image is a group of firefighters set to fight the brushfire at the Yosemite National Park.Yosemite
August 24
10:33 AM 2013
by Marc Castro

A brushfire that had been raging at the edge of the Yosemite National Park in California has already entered the park. After 200 square miles outside the park was barely contained by firefighters, the park grounds presents greater issues of containment.

The main attractions of the park located in the Yosemite Valley remained open to tourists and visitors despite the proximity of the brushfire. The Half Dome, the falls and the rock formations were still accessible to the public despite the brush fire just being twenty miles away.

The California governor Jerry Brown had declared a state of emergency over the park late Friday as the brushfire had threatened the utility transmission of the city of San Francisco, just 150 miles away. Smoke warnings as well as events were cancelled in Nevada because of the smoke billowing over the Sierra Nevada area. 

According to National Park Service report in 2011, national park revenues generated amounted to USD173 million. About half of the generated revenues were spent on repairs and maintenance, 20% were on visitor services and the others were for habitat restorations. About 20% were for administrative and operations. 

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