One Of America’s Most Famous Natural Phenomena Might Not Happen This Year

One of America’s most famed natural phenomena might not happen in 2018.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Yosemite National Park’s iconic “firefall” event isn’t a sure thing this year. “Firefall” is a special time when the waters of Horsetail Falls seemingly transform into a flaming cascade over the El Capitan rock formation.

Though it looks as if the waterfall has suddenly turned to lava, the fiery torrent is really an optical illusion caused by the light of the setting sun hitting the water at just the right angle. It only happens for about two weeks each year in February.

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This year’s projected view time is February 12 to February 26. However, this winter has been particularly dry and there’s currently no water flowing over Horsetail Falls. No water equals no “firefall.”

In the event that the falls do start running, only 50 vehicles per day will be allowed to access the prime view point. You can reserve your free permit online through the Yosemite National Park website.

Here’s hoping we don’t have to another year for this spectacular show.