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Possum Kingdom State Park to Reopen for Memorial Day Weekend

By Stacia Smith
|  Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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Businesses around Possum Kingdom Lake are hopeful business that slowed down during the wildfires ravaged the area will pick back up.

Andrew Tanielian, NBCDFW.com

Businesses around Possum Kingdom Lake are hopeful business that slowed down during the wildfires ravaged the area will pick back up.

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Possum Kingdom State Park will be opening up for visitors just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

The park, which was blackened by wildfires in the early weeks of April, reopened today after wildfires burned for more than two weeks destroying about 125,000 acres of Texas recreational area.

According to Possum Kingdom officials, the wildfire damaged about 90 percent of the park, but dozens of firefighters kept the flames from scorching the campgrounds and saved the other structures inside the park.

Park Superintendent Rocky Holland said the park's cabins and 10 primitive campsites are still off limits and bathrooms and shower facilities will not be available, requiring visitors to use portable toilets brought in by the park. Visitors are also reminded to bring their own drinking water because of high salt content in the water supply. All park fees are discounted through May 31 as a result of reduced park operations.

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