POLLOCK PINES (CBS/AP) — The U.S Forest Service has reopened some wilderness areas that were closed because of a massive wildfire in Sierra Nevada foothills.
Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree says the Rubicon Trail, Wrights Lake and Desolation Wilderness are among the recreation areas that opened Tuesday. She plans to open more of the El Dorado National Forest soon.READ MORE: Storm Door Swings Open; Fronts Stack Up In Pacific Heading Toward The Bay Area
Those areas were closed for two weeks while firefighters battled the King Fire east of Sacramento in El Dorado County.Rain Helps Firefighters Battling Estrada Fire In Santa Cruz County
Fire officials say the King Fire burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen homes and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. On Tuesday, it was 94 percent contained, with more than 2,000 firefighters still working to tame the blaze.
A man charged with starting the fire, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman, pleaded not guilty to arson.MORE NEWS: Mountain Lion Sighting Triggers Rohnert Park Middle School Lockdowns
© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.