KFSN-TV-abc30 by means of AP
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015|8:55 p.m.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL FOREST, Calif.– An oak tree limb landeded on a camping tent in the heart of Yosemite National Park, killing two young campers, officials stated.
Park representative Scott Gediman on Friday early morning declined to release the ages or any information about the two, explaining them only as under age 18. He likewise declined to describe the size of the limb, mentioning a pending investigation.
The limb fell from a black oak tree about 5 a.m. Friday in the popular Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, striking the tent where two minors were resting, Gediman said. The camping area is one of the parks most popular with a view of Half Dome, he said. It was either near capability or full when the tree limb fell.
Park Rangers were alerted to the fall by 911 calls from the park. They responded to the campground to supply medical help.
When rangers showed up, both were dead.
California is parched as the state enters the 4th year of drought, and temperatures in the park have been hovering in the 80s and 90s throughout the last month, triggering dry conditions. The temperature level was 97 degrees in the park Thursday, the National Weather Service reported.
However what caused the limb toppling continues to be under investigation, Gediman said.
Last month, an 85-foot-tall tree fell in a Pasadena, California, park, injuring eight children. The tree had root issues, was leaning and may have absorbed a heavy load of water from a current storm, according to an arborist’s report launched Thursday. Some roots were girdled, meaning they were twisted around the main stem of the tree instead of spreading out.
In 2012, a Yosemite giving in employee passed away when his camping tent cabin was hit by a falling limb.