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Major Route Into Yosemite Reopens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A major route into Yosemite National Park that was closed because of the giant Sierra Nevada forest fire has reopened.

Photo credit: Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service

A Del Rosa hotshot and Elk Creek firefighters stand amid smoke from the Rim Fire burning near and in Yosemite National Park, Sept. 5, 2013.

Park officials say State Route 120 from Groveland to the park reopened around 12 p.m. Friday. The road is the main entrance to the park from the San Francisco Bay area.

Motorists, however, are being advised that stopping on the roadway is prohibited due to continued fire activity.

The so-called Rim Fire has burned 385 square miles since it began on Aug. 17. It is now 80 percent contained.

U.S. Forest Service officials say an illegal fire set by a hunter caused the blaze.

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