Yosemite’s Much Anticipated ‘Firefall’ May Not Occur This Year, According to Park Officials

Photo by Katie Rodriguez 

Photographers and outdoor enthusiasts around the world wait for an entire year each year to flock to Yosemite National Park to witness the rare natural phenomenon at Horestail Fall for just two weeks in November. Now, Park officials are saying it may not happen at all this year.

“Horsetail Fall has little to no water,” the park said on its website.

Horsetail Fall is typically not that unique in Yosemite, but when the water flows are strong and the lighting is right, this waterfall lights up and appears to be on fire. This phenomenon typically appears for about two weeks near the end of February and can cause quite the tourist attraction for people looking for a rare view.

Now, following a completely dry month through mid-February, it’s looking like to event may not even occur at all. Without much water, a park official added there is a “grim chance” that the Firefall will happen this year.

Typically, the event draws thousands of people to the park, no matter the weather in Yosemite. The event has become so popular that Yosemite officials recently announced that two of the three main access points to see the natural phenomenon will been closed in order to control traffic.

It remains to be seen if the natural phenomenon will occur at all this. The event in 2019 was one for the ages. Typically, the event draws thousands of people to the park, no matter the weather in Yosemite.

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