Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park, which has been closed since Aug. 27 to aid firefighters fighting the massive Rim fire, reopened at noon Saturday.
Tioga Road, also known as Highway 120, is a major connector over the Sierra Nevada that intersects with Highway 395 on the east side of the mountains.
While the road is now open, stopping alongside the road is prohibited due to continued fire activity in the area, Yosemite National Park officials said. The public should use extreme caution as firefighting continues in the area. Smoke from the fire may cause poor visibility while driving along the road.
Current road conditions in the park are posted online at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/traffic.htm
Road conditions outside of the park are posted on Caltrans website at www.dot.ca.gov/ or are available by calling the district 10 office at (209) 948-7977.
Areas within Yosemite that have been burned by the Rim fire remain closed due to hazardous conditions, officials said.
Stanislaus National Forest closures due to the fire also remain effect. More forest closure information is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus
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