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Weatherman, and Former Yosemite Employee, Returns to ParkYOSEMITE—

Yosemite National Park has reopened all areas that were previously closed due to the Rim fire last August.

The Rim fire started in Stanislaus National Forest, burned approximately 255,000 acres, including 77,000 acres within Yosemite National Park, and the affected areas were closed until now.

Fire restrictions put in place last summer and fall have also been removed.

For a detailed closure area and a map of all affected areas, you can visit Yosemite’s website here.

Greg Cotta filed this report.

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST-

The Rim Fire destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of the Stanislaus National Forest over the summer. Now, many are gathering to decide what to do with the land.

The Department of Forestry is asking for the community’s input on how many dead trees they should let logging companies harvest. The money from the tree removal will go towards reforestation.

Another option on the table is to let some of the dead trees remain for wildlife to make homes in until new trees have time to grow and mature.

The group will make their decision on what to do by August.

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Firefighter at the Rim Fire

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK-

Federal prosecutors announced this week that they intend to pursue charges, according to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators believe the fire started when an illegal hunter’s campfire got out of control.

The name of the hunter has not been released.

In all, the Rim Fire torched 402 square-miles of land in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. The forest service says the cost of the fire is around $127.35 million.

Read our complete Rim Fire coverage by clicking here.

TUOLUMNE COUNTY –

Giving back, it’s what more than 700 people wanted to do for victims of the Rim Fire by attending this fundraising dinner.

“They lost cabins, they lost fences. Some of the ranchers lost cattle, $1,000 a head,” said Lee Butler, fifth generation rancher.

Raging flames burned for more than two months, destroying more than 257,000 acres in its path.

The fire left the homes of 11 families, along with businesses and dozens of other structures in ashes.

Danny Erickson lost his ranch and its cattle. But tonight, seeing everyone rallying together for him and others just like him, gives him hope for the future.

“We hope that our ranch can continue on. It’s honoring, it’s humbling to have these people show up for this and the community. We know it’s a great community. But this is really something,” Erickson said.

“People here are resilient, people here are cohesive. It’s a community that works together If we had more tickets and more space, there’d be more people here,” said Pastor Bettencourt of Country Cowboy Church.

Local News
10/25/13

Rim Fire Declared 100% Contained

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A recent photo of an area burned in the Rim Fire. (Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service)

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST-

After burning more than three months, the Rim Fire has been declared fully contained.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the news Friday afternoon.

The fire started Aug. 17 and burned 257,314 acres, or 402 square miles, of the Stanislaus National Forest and into Yosemite National Park. Eleven homes were also destroyed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The cost of fighting it to date has been $127.35 million, according to the Forest Service.

Read the rest of our Rim Fire coverage by clicking here.

Science
10/25/13

An Up-Close Look at the Rim Fire Aftermath

Darren Peck talks about a group of UC Davis students who got an up close look at the aftermath of the Rim Fire.

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A recent photo of an area burned in the Rim Fire. (Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service)

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST-

As of Oct. 7, the Rim Fire has been burning for 51 days.

Fire officials say the fire, which has consumed more than 400 square-miles of California forest, won’t be contained for almost another three weeks.

The cost to date of fighting the Rim Fire is $127.2 million. Eleven homes have been destroyed since the fire started August 17, and 10 people were injured.

Firefighters say the fire isn’t as growing as fast as it once was, and that it’s displaying more of a “creeping and smoldering” behavior. There is, however, a 800-to-1,000-acre area that crews believe has a potential to burn.

The Rim Fire is 95 percent contained. Total containment is expected Oct. 27.

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Rim Fire

TOULUMNE COUNTY –

Officials announced the reopening of State Route 120 (Tioga Road) for all vehicle traffic at noon on Saturday.

Cars traveling on SR-120, which had been closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf within Yosemite National Park will be able to get to Yosemite Valley from Highway 395 via SR-120.

Due to fire in the area, stopping on the side of the road is not allowed, while visibility may be reduced to due smoke from the fire. Firefighters are still working in the area.

Road conditions can be accessed at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/traffic.htm and http://www.dot.ca.gov/

Ruben Dominguez filed this report.

YOSEMITE –

As a result of the increased containment of the Rim Fire, the Department of Transportation reopened State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland to Yosemite National Park at noon today.

Drivers are advised to not stop alongside the road, as efforts to fight the Rim Fire are ongoing.

There will be full access to Yosemite Valley from SR-120, but Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of SR-120 will remain closed.

For three weeks, businesses up and down State Route 120 as cars were not permitted to pass through.

“We lost at least $30,000 in the past three weeks” says Jenn Edwards, owner of Hotel Charlotte.

Across the street, the Iron Doors Saloon owner told FOX40 he lost nearly $60,000 since the RIM fire started burning.

“I am feeling hopeful now, the roads are reopened and I think things are going to turn around,” said the owner.

Ruben Dominguez contributed to this report.

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