Yosemite Reopens Areas Burned by Rim Fire

National park allows visitors to see once-scorched earth.

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    Areas burned by the Rim Fire are back open.

    The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias have survived the Rim Fire to be seen again.

    Yosemite National Park reopened the famous grove of ancient trees and some of the other 77,000 acres of national park closed since last fall, when the state's third-largest wildfire ripped through the area.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Yosemite superintendent Don Neubacher signed off on an order to reopen the grove to visitors this week.

    Hikers can also return to the area around Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the newspaper reported.