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September 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The California 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park that was shut by the Rim fire will reopen at noon Friday, though firefighting activities in the national park continue. The reopened road means travelers will be able to enter the park and drive to Yosemite Valley along Big Oak Flat Road from Groveland, Calif. "Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via [California] 120," a park statement issued Friday says. "However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Diana Marcum
GROVELAND, Calif.--Authorities said they will open the western section of California 120 into Yosemite National Park at noon Friday after closing it more than two weeks ago to fight the Rim fire. Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley from the park's western entrance from Groveland for the first time since the Rim fire broke out Aug. 17. Though a 14-mile stretch of the highway is closed within the park - from Crane Flat to White Wolf - the update was met with joy Friday.
OPINION
September 6, 2013 | By Jamie Simons
After years of living in Yosemite National Park, I learned that, contrary to the teachings of Smokey Bear, fire can be a welcome force for good. It rejuvenates the forest. It clears the way for richer, more diverse habitat. It is essential in the life cycle of the giant sequoia. And if you live in the mountains, surrounded by forests piled high with tinderbox-dry debris, nothing helps you sleep more soundly at night than being in an area that's been burned. What isn't good is a fire like the Rim fire, which as of Thursday had burned 237,341 acres, or 370 square miles, in and around Yosemite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A leader of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, including solicitation of murder. Stephen Sanders, 44, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, solicitation to commit murder and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court by Judge Robert O'Neill. San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Sanders had planned "to have witnesses and law enforcement officers killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The hunter who authorities allege started the destructive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has not been arrested or charged at this time. The news came as firefighters continued to get a handle on the massive fire, the third largest in California history.  It was 80% contained and wasn't expected to be fully under control for another two weeks. The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that the hunter started an illegal fire that got out of control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Rim fire, which has burned into Yosemite National Park and threatened a vital water supply to San Francisco, was started by a hunter who let an illegal fire “escape,” the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. The fire was not started by a marijuana growing operation, despite rumors to the contrary, the U.S. Forest Service's investigation unit and the Tuolumne County district attorney's office concluded. The hunter has been identified and his name is being withheld pending further investigation, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Samantha Schaefer
The massive Rim fire is on its way to becoming the state's third largest in history as it burns into Yosemite National Park. At 235,841 acres, or roughly 368 square miles, the Rim fire was 75% contained Tuesday and fewer than 4,400 acres from moving from fourth to third place on the list of California's largest wildfires. The No. 3 spot belongs to the  Zaca  fire , which in July 2007 burned 375 square miles -- or about 240,207 acres -- in Santa Barbara County. The fire was ignited by sparks from grinding equipment being used to repair a water pipe near  Los   Olivos , according to Times archives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Scott Gold
The massive Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park is now 75% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday morning. Forest Service officials listed the Rim fire's burned acreage at 235,841 acres, or roughly 368 square miles, making it the fourth largest in state history. A September 1932 fire in Ventura County that burned 343 square miles previously held the spot, according to Cal Fire. About 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Despite stubborn heat and wind over the Labor Day weekend, firefighters battling the Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park tightened their grip around the historic blaze and turned their focus to what caused it. The fire started in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17 and is burning into neighboring Yosemite National Park. It has chewed through 235,841 acres, or 368 square miles. The fire was 75% contained Tuesday. Full containment isn't expected for two weeks - the area burned is larger than Dallas or San Diego - and investigators aren't sure what started it. But the fire chief in the small, nearby mountain town of Twain Harte, named after authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte, told an audience of community members days after the blaze broke out that he's sure the Rim fire is man-made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The huge wildfire that has been burning into Yosemite National Park for the last two weeks may have been started by an illegal marijuana growing operation, a local fire official said. Six days after the Rim fire broke out in the middle of the Northern California forest, Twain Harte Fire and Rescue Chief Todd McNeal told a community meeting the blaze was definitely human-caused. In his Aug. 23 talk, a video of which has been  posted on YouTube , McNeal said that the fire started in a section of the Stanislaus National Forest inaccessible by foot or vehicle and that it was “highly suspected” that an illegal marijuana growing operation that sparked the blaze.
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