Charred trail to reopen |

Charred trail to reopen

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A trail popular with mountain bikers that burned two weeks ago in the Showers fire area is deemed safe and will be opened by the U.S. Forest Service on Sunday.

About a milelong section of the trail, known as the Dardanelles or Christmas Valley trail, burned in the 294-acre blaze. The fire area remains closed, but the trail will be opened because fire crews have finished clearing burned trees and other hazards in the area, said Colin West, a Forest Service recreation officer.

“We’ve had a trail crew in there all week falling trees,” West said.

One section of the charred trail underwent an intense burn, but the rest of it experienced an underburn and retained a lot of its vegetation, West said.

The Showers fire was sparked by a small plane crash Aug. 19, southeast of Highway 89 near Luther Pass. Both passengers died in the crash.

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