By Mary Forgione
Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
10:45 AM EDT, September 17, 2013
Yosemite National Park officials reopened the east-west California 120 last weekend, though the Rim fire continues to burn and has kept the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias and some campgrounds closed. Travelers also should not enter any part of the burn area on foot.
California 120, also known as Tioga Road, reopened at noon last Saturday after having been closed between Crane Flat and White Wolf for firefighting activities. Yosemite National Park officials advise travelers not to stop along the fire perimeter on the road that links Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows and the east entrance to the park.
As for campgrounds, Crane Flat has reopened but Yosemite Creek, Tamarack and Hodgdon will remain closed. White Wolf would have reopened but was slated to close for the season and will remain closed. Hetch Hetchy, Aspen Valley and the Tuolumne Grove, about 16 miles east of Yosemite Valley and accessible only by foot, and parts of the Stanislaus National Forest also remain off limits to visitors.
The Rim fire burned about 405 square miles and is now 84% contained. Fire crews continue to keep the fire in check and mop up after the blaze. Estimated cost of fighting the fire is at $113 million.
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