Popular Yosemite trail to reopen despite wildfire

Sep 11, 2014 3:03 PM by News Staff

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Park rangers say they'll soon reopen a popular trail in Yosemite National Park that had to be closed because of a wildfire.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Thursday that the cables guiding hikers to the top of the iconic Half Dome rock are expected to be opened again on Saturday for day use. The trail was one of many in Yosemite shut down after a wildfire erupted in the park's backcountry on Sunday.

The fire near Little Yosemite Valley forced dozens of hikers to be evacuated by helicopter; it has consumed 7 1/2 square miles and was 23 percent contained.

Cobb says many trails and overnight camping in areas near the fire remain closed, but the park's main entrances and many attractions have stayed open.

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