Yosemite National Park enters the "Firefall"



The setting sun that turned a waterfall in Yosemite National Park into a bright "firewall" came back this week – but those looking to make the trip are aware of the current conditions after the heavy snow this winter.

According to the park, the fall of the ponytail in the Yosemite Valley has a "falling fire" effect during the second half of February. The sky is clear and enough snow for the waterfall to sink.

"It's a small waterfall that many people do not notice, but it is gaining popularity as a result of the spread of the orange glow it assumes at sunset in mid-February," says the park on its website. "This unique lighting effect only occurs on evenings with clear skies when the waterfall is flowing."

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This year, the fire is expected to last 12-24 February, FOX26 reported. Friday is apparently the best day to attend the show, according to AccuWeather.

Recent photos posted on Instagram show what some users have described as "magical sights".

But those looking to trek are warned that because of the snow the area has seen this winter, the trek to see the falls can be more difficult than in previous years.

Photographer Ryan Fitzsimons told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had visited the park over the weekend and that he had known "treacherous and dangerous" conditions.

"What would have been a 10-minute walk has turned into a two-hour hike in the snow at the waist," he told the Chronicle. "People were falling in the river, our clothes were already soaked when we got to an observation point."

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The show has grown in popularity over the years and park officials have been required to issue permits for vehicles heading to the viewing area after major traffic jams in the area have created significant safety issues. But this year, officials said no permits or reservations were required.

However, due to accumulated snow, parking restrictions are imposed and vehicles may not stop on some roads near the waterfall.

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"Visitors should be prepared to walk to at least one kilometer from their parking lot.Do not forget to bring warm clothes, boots and a headlamp or a flashlight," said the park on its website.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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