Rubicon Trail, Wrights Lake, Desolation Wilderness reopen after King fire

The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday that some recreation areas in the Sierra closed by the King fire have reopened, but others remain off-limits to public as crews continue to perform mop-up work on the still-burning wildland blaze.

Among the recreation areas reopened were the Rubicon Trail, Wrights Lake, Desolation Wilderness and the east side of Ice House Road.

“Although fire crews have nearly contained the King Fire, it is still active, and there are a lot of firefighting resources still in the area,” said Forest Service Supervisor Laurence Crabtree in a press release. “I intend to open more of the forest to the public as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Other recreation areas and roads remained closed, such as land west of Ice House Road, including Union Valley Reservoir, Stumpy Meadows, the Hell Hole Reservoir area, Sand Mountain Boulevard, Peavine Road and Eleven Pines Road.

Containment of the King fire was at 94 percent Tuesday night as more firefighters were released from the front lines to return to their home bases.

Meanwhile, other firefighters continued to work the mountainous blaze that has burned 97,099 acres. With smoke still wafting through canyons and logs still smoldering, firefighters doused hot spots and shored up containment lines.

Roads are drying out from last week’s rain, allowing fire crews to fell hazardous, fire-damaged trees and remove debris on roadways to allow for public travel. Roads identified for work by crews include Wentworth Springs Road, White Meadows Road, Ice House Road, Eleven Pines Road and Mosquito Road, according to Cal Fire.

The number of firefighters and support personnel still on the fire was 2,364 as of Tuesday night.

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