- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some popular areas of Yosemite National Park that were closed during last year’s enormous Rim Fire have reopened to visitors.

Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher signed the order on Tuesday to reopen several burned areas, including the Hetch Hetchy area and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias -some of which are more than 200 feet tall and 2,000 years old.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1h4lk24 ) that parks officials cordoned off 77,000 acres when the fire jumped from the Stanislaus National Forest into the western edges of Yosemite in August.

Though firefighters managed to save the trees, the areas of the park remained closed because of the possibility of falling trees and uneven ground, the Chronicle says.

The Rim Fire, which began Aug. 17, burned more than 400 square miles. It was contained at the end of October.

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