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USWoman falls 500 feet to death while hiking in Yosemite National Park

22:50  06 september  2019
22:50  06 september  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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A 29-year-old woman died Thursday after a 500-foot fall from a treacherous summit hiking path in California's Yosemite National Park, according to a park official.

Woman falls 500 feet to death while hiking in Yosemite National Park© Brian Melley Hikers gather in the foreground as climbers use the assistance of cables to scale Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada on July 15, 2014.

Danielle Burnett, from Arizona, plummeted from Yosemite's Half Dome cables before noon Thursday, falling 500 feet down steep, rocky terrain, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. She was dead when part rangers arrived on the scene.

Officials are investigating the death.

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Yosemite's Half Dome hike is a "great challenge," according to the park's website. "For most, it is an exciting, arduous hike; for a few, it becomes more of an adventure than they wanted," the site says.

The dome is 8,800 feet above sea level and the hike to the top and back is more than 14 miles round-trip and takes 10 to 12 hours, sometimes longer.

The last portion of the hike features two metal cables, the Half Dome cables, which allow hikers to climb the remaining 400 feet to the summit without having to use rock climbing equipment, according to the park.

Permits are required for hikers who want to climb the cables, and "there is nothing you can do to guarantee your safety," Yosemite's website says.

Mysterious underground fire has been burning near Yosemite for 5 years.
For at least five years, a fire has been burning underground in the Stanislaus Forest west of Yosemite, and foresters say they have no idea what started it or exactly how big it is. The blaze is smoldering near Rosasco Meadow, roughly seven miles west of Yosemite National Park and 12 miles southwest of the town of Twain Harte. It lies under terrain scorched by the massive Rim Fire in 2013. Groveland District Ranger Jim Junette, who oversees the Stanislaus Forest's southern area, told the Modesto Bee last week that that rangers are baffled by fire, which has consumed tree roots in a circular area with a 400-foot diameter.

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