Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 16, 2020

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Smoke & Closure Update 9/16/20

On 9/13/20 Sequoia National Park closed from the entrance station to the Giant Forest Museum, and yesterday, 9/15/20, it closed completely in response to the Castle Fire within the SQF Complex. Since then, many park employees have been evacuated or are under an evacuation warning in the Three Rivers area. Our SEKI team has been working steadily on fire readiness in the Ash Mountain area to prepare for a mandatory evacuation. This work has included lodging solutions for displaced employees, moving government vehicles and equipment out of the area, moving the museum collection, and much more. Sincere thanks to the firefighters and teams working around the clock to keep us and our communities safe.
Kings Canyon National Park from the Highway 180 entrance station is open, but we strongly suggest monitoring air quality and deciding if conditions are too smoky for you to enjoy your visit. Park visitor centers that provide park information outdoors and outdoor dining facilities may suspend operations due to concerns about air quality. If you decide to visit, please be prepared to be self-reliant.
Sequoia and Inyo National Forests, adjacent to the parks, remain CLOSED. This includes all campgrounds, day use areas, and trails.
For current conditions related to Sequoia and Kings Canyon, including what’s open or closed, services, and more, visit our website www.nps.gov/seki
For information about the SQF Complex visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7048
For information about air quality visit www.nps.gov/seki/learn/nature/airqualityinfo.htm

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