YOSEMITE (CBS13) – Nearly eight months after the massive Rim Fire lit up the forests in and around Yosemite, the park announced that all areas within the park have been reopened.
The fire – which started on Aug. 17, 2013 – forced parts of Yosemite National Park to close.
Wednesday, the park announced that all the areas not already reopened – including Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and hiking trails in Hetch Hetchy – are now back open to the public.
Even with the reopening, however, officials note that visitors should keep an extra eye-out for risks due to the fire – including unstable trees, uneven ground, rock falls and other debris.
Fire restrictions have also been lifted.
In total, about 255,000 acres was burned by the Rim Fire. Of that number, 77,000 acres were within Yosemite National Park.
If you’re interested in what areas were affected by the fire, head over to http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/rimfire.htm.