Tourist warning as smoke reaches Yosemite valley
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Smoke from the huge wildfire in Yosemite National Park reached the heavily-touristed heart of the park Saturday, officials said, warning visitors against strenuous activity.
Webcams showed smoke apparently clouding the world-famous Yosemite Valley, the spectacular area in the middle of the California park visited by millions every year.
More than usual visitors were expected in the park for the Labor Day weekend, although officials had said the increase could be smaller than usual due to the so-called Rim Fire, which started two weeks ago outside the park.
"Heavy smoke is now visible south of the Tioga Road, including in Yosemite Valley," said the park website's latest update after a change in wind direction from the blaze.