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Trails Near Harden Lake Reopen in Yosemite National Park

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Date: August 11, 2010

 Slope Fire Burned Three Additional Acres Overnight

The Harden Lake area and the trail to Pate Valley from Harden Lake have been reopened. The Harden Lake area was previously closed due to fire activity. Hikers are urged to stay on trails when in the Harden Lake area.

The fire, known as the Slope Fire, was caused by lightning and spotted on July 25th. Total acreage gained overnight was three acres, making the total acres burned 600 acres. Yosemite National Park Fire Crews will continue to monitor the fire for ecological benefits.

Cooperating agencies in the managed fire include the San Francisco Water Quality and Public Utilities Commission at Hetch Hetchy and the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District.

Did You Know?

Low intensity fire in Yosemite

Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.