Demolition Crews Recycle 99 Cabins From Yosemite's Curry Village

Demolition crews on Tuesday recycled 99 cabins and removed asbestos-contaminated material from an avalanche-damaged area in Yosemite National Park's Curry Village.

The demolition takes place nearly four years after rocks from a nearby cliff fell onto 17 cabins in the village.

In October 2008 park officials fenced off the rock fall area to protect Yosemite visitors and employees, labeling it a "major risk to public health and safety."

Yosemite Park officials along with the California Office of Historic Preservation agreed to demolish and remove 99 cabins close to the rock fall area.

Testing revealed asbestos in the floor tiles of all 99 Curry Village cabins. The floor tiles were removed by Fresno-based Brunna Enterprises prior to the demolition.

Nearly 99 percent of the concrete, wood and metal used in the cabins was recycled, Yosemite National Park officials said.

In place of the demolished cabins, the Park will plant native vegetation to return the site to its natural state, said Yosemite Park spokesman Scott Gediman.

Under the Yosemite National Park improvement plan, the Park will build 53 hard-sided cabins in the Curry village Boy's Town Area, Yosemite Officials said.