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Campfire ban ordered in areas of Yosemite amid wildfire threat
Campfire ban ordered in areas of Yosemite amid wildfire threat

Officials said Wednesday that campfires are no longer permitted in wilderness areas below 6,000 feet at Yosemite National Park. The restrictions were ordered as a result of several years of "exceptional drought conditions and high fire danger," the National Park Service said in a statement. Officials said rainfall during the last three winters has been below normal. "The order is designed to reduce the chances of human-caused fires in some of the park’s driest areas," the agency said. Campfires in picnic areas and designated campgrounds are still permitted.  Last August, a hunter's illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest sparked the...

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