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Yosemite National Park officials say that the tourists return after a nearly three weeks of closure can be still faced with a smoky air from a wildfire.
The majority of the park reopened Tuesday after flames burned in remote areas of Yosemite and he is shrouded in smoke during the height of the tourist season.
Park officials say a major road from the south, Highway 41, and a popular park attraction known as Glacier Point will remain closed for probably at least a week for the fire operations.
Despite the reopening, officials have warned that the quality of the air in Yosemite Valley are poor, and recommend that visitors reducing prolonged periods of time outside or heavy exercise.
Most of Yosemite National Park is set to reopen after a 20-day closing costs for the surrounding communities an estimated $ 50 million in lost tourism dollars.
Yosemite Valley, including the majority of the park’s main attractions, is set to reopen Tuesday, but hotels and other businesses say it will probably take weeks for bookings to return to the normal level.
The nearly three weeks of closure was the result of a nearby massive wildfire that has burned 150 square kilometres, and two firefighters killed since the beginning of the 13 July.
The blaze is one of the many in California that in less than three weeks, have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and killed at least a dozen people. The last fatal victim was a Utah firefighter killed Monday in a blaze north of San Francisco.