Evening time when the Fire Fall event was ready to take place and the call from below, “Let the fire fall”, we assisted the park personnel in stirring the ember and slowly pushing the ember off the cliff and hear the people in the valley roar with delight. It's now 2016 and I'm wishing I paid more attention when my mom and dad spoke of Camp Curry.
In summer of 1951 my mom worked as a housekeeper at Camp Curry and at night she sang the Indian Love Song.
While her body was donated to science, her children "burned" many items that represented her spirit.
They took those ashes and drove cross country to Yosemite.
In the 1960’s while attending Reedley College, the Yosemite National Park (Yosemite- Curry Co.) would hire college students to work weekends and holidays.
They arrived at Yosemite and stood at the top of the cliff where the fire fall start and explained their mission to the Park Service employee on duty.
He allowed them to walk a ways out onto the cliff and let my grandmothers "ashes" join those of her husband.
[Editor] The only information I've seen in print is a press release published by the National Park Service which read as follows: "The Firefall, a fancy of James Mc Cauley’s that caught on, and was popular for almost a hundred years, died Thursday, January 25, 1968 in a blazing farewell. Hardly any congestion at all." Having said that, accuracy is important to me to.
It was a dandy Firefall, fat and long and it ended with an exceptionally brilliant spurt, the embers lighting the cliff as they floated slowly downward … So if any readers can locate evidence that the Firefall continued past that date, please post it, and I'll look into doing a correction. However, maybe someone reading this page will see your request.