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Popular Yosemite spots reopen after Rim Fire closure




In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, fire crew members stand watch near a controlled burn operation as they release a very pistol, as they fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, fire crew members stand watch near a controlled burn operation as they release a very pistol, as they fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
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Last summer, 255,000 acres of forest in and around Yosemite National Park burned during the Rim Fire, making it California's third-largest fire on record. 

Because of that, large swaths of popular areas in the park had been shut down to the public, but now you can pack up the car and get ready for a trip north, because officials announced yesterday that those areas are back open.

Officials want visitors to keep in mind that some of the areas,  including the Hetch Hetchey trails, can still be a bit dangerous with unstable trees and debris on the road.