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Northern California’s Tuolumne County Is Open With Blue Skies, Despite Area’s Rim Fire Reports

September 3, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Progress is being made on what is now California’s fifth largest fire, the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County, California where the northern half of Yosemite National Park is located. 

535354Today the smoke was less extreme than it has been for the last several days. Blue skies have been the order of the day for many parts of Tuolumne County.  Several evacuation advisories have been lifted and some closed roads are now open once again.  For complete details on the fire including size, burnout details, remaining road closures and containment please visit  An incredible contingency of firefighters and emergency personnel from all over the country continue to work extremely hard on behalf of Tuolumne County.

Many businesses have contacted the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau to help get the word out that their towns and businesses are open for business.   “Labor Day weekend  and the late summer, with our great weather, is generally a very busy time in our rural communities where we are dependent on tourism,”  said Nanci Sikes, Executive Director of Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau.  “Visitors should not cancel their plans to visit.  We are open for business.”  Tuolomne City is now open with most road restrictions lifted, and Black Oak Casino Resort reopened on August 29.

Accurate information about the fire, and what remains open, is critical for travelers.  Favorite family destinations like Columbia State Historic Park and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, downtown Sonora and  Twain Harte Mini Golf are all open.  Restaurants and shops throughout the quaint historic Gold Rush towns of Tuolumne County are also open and look forward to serving visitors. The iconic Yosemite National Park is also open via Highway 49 through Coulterville.  Visitors departing Yosemite National Park are routed to Highway 49, north to Groveland and Tuolumne County.  (Highway 120 from Groveland, south to Yosemite National Park is closed.)

Businesses in Groveland are open and many events are moving forward as planned.  Travelers can find information on events .

For complete information on the Rim Fire please visit  For information on lodging and travel plans to Tuolumne County, please call 800-446-1333 or 209-984-4636 or visit

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