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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.

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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thompsonrichard | September 6, 2013 at 3:21 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, it wasn't started by a moonshiner: Get you a copper kettle; get you a copper coil. Cover with new made corn mash. Build your fire of hickory or ash or oak (don't use no green or rotten wood -- they'll get you by the smoke). Joan Baez sang that.

The hottest August in the Sacramento area was 1998 with 16 out of 31 days 100 degrees or more.

In Yosemite this year the temperature was 101 on Jun 28, 104 on Jun 29, 105 on June 30; 101 on July 1, 106 on July 3; the average temp from the 4th thru 10th July was 100; on the 19th it was 104 and 103 on the 20th.

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