Yosemite to reopen with more campsites available

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Yosemite National Park will re-open tomorrow morning after being closed since last Thursday due to smoke and ash from the Creek Fire.

The park reopens at 9 a.m. Friday. Park spokesman Scott Gediman tells the Los Angeles Times that campsites in Yosemite Valley’s Upper Pines, North Pines and Lower Pines campgrounds will be available for campers beginning Friday night. The campgrounds can be booked at recreation.gov.

The Creek fire continues to burn, having scorched 289,000 acres, charring large portions of Sierra National Forest and coming within 14 miles of Mammoth Lakes.

Not all of the park's amenities will be ready to serve visitors, but the National Park Service says they'll come back online in the next few weeks.

Kings Canyon National Park re-opened yesterday.

Its next door neighbor, Sequoia National Park, remains closed.