Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks News
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Snow and Rain Affecting Access in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks During Holiday Week
December 23, 2021 | 2:33 pm
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. December 23, 2021 – National Park Service personnel are preparing for what is typically one of the busiest holiday weeks of the year amid the latest in a series of recent significant precipitation events. With heavy rain at the parks’ lower elevations and heavy snow higher in the mountains, the current weather is expected to continue for several days. Those planning trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are advised that road and area closures and restrictions are possible, with or without advance notice.
KNP Complex Fire Declared 100% Contained
December 17, 2021 | 3:08 pm
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. December 17, 2021 – Fire management staff at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks declared the KNP Complex Fire 100% contained on the afternoon of December 16, 2021. The KNP Complex is currently measured at 88,307 acres, most of which fall within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. While the fire has not grown in recent weeks, it has continued to show activity in remote areas. Significant precipitation events across the Sierra Nevada have prompted fire managers to declare the fire fully contained at this time.
Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park to Reopen on Select Days Beginning December 11, 2021
December 8, 2021 | 4:42 pm
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. December 8, 2021 – The Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park will reopen to the public on a limited schedule beginning on Saturday, December 11. This area has been closed to public access since mid-September due to the KNP Complex Fire, which has burned more than 88,000 acres, mostly within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Crowds Expected in Limited Open Areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Over Thanksgiving Weekend
November 24, 2021 | 11:49 am
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. November 24, 2021– Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Despite the fact that many areas of the parks are closed, either due to the KNP Complex Fire or regular seasonal closures, park staff is expecting high visitation for the duration of the holiday weekend. Trip planning will allow visitors to have better experiences in the parks.
Giant Sequoia Mortality Estimates Released for the 2021 KNP Complex and Windy Fire
November 19, 2021 | 11:14 am
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. November 19, 2021 – Land managers in the Southern Sierra Nevada are reckoning with the effects of large wildfires ignited by a significant lightning event in early September, including the KNP Complex, which burned mostly within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the Windy Fire, which burned mostly on the Sequoia National Forest.
Sequoia National Park Partial Reopening November 11, 2021
November 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm
The Foothills area of Sequoia National Park will reopen on Thursday, November 11, 2021, Veterans Day, at 7 a.m. for day use only.
Community Meeting Notice – November 9, 2021
November 5, 2021 | 5:43 pm
A community meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Three Rivers Memorial Building at 43490 Sierra Drive in Three Rivers, CA. This meeting will be hosted by the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Staff to highlight the KNP Complex Recovery process.
KNP Complex Update November 2, 2021
November 2, 2021 | 8:40 am
This will be the LAST update from California Interagency Incident Management Team 12 (CIIMT 12). The KNP Complex is transitioning at 6:00 p.m. this evening to the National Park Service Type 3 Team and the US Forest Service Type 4 Team.
KNP Complex Update November 1, 2021
November 1, 2021 | 11:13 am
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. command of the KNP Complex will transition from the California Interagency Incident Management Team 12 (CIIMT 12), Type 2 team back to the host units. A FINAL operation briefing video for the KNP Complex will be provided this evening on Facebook and YouTube.
KNP Complex Update October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021 | 11:01 pm
A Sequoia Protection group is in place along the northwest portion of the fire. Firefighters assigned to this group are working closely with local resource advisors to identify hazardous cedar and fir trees to mark them for removal. Suppression repair work across the fire area is focusing on preventing further damage to the land and provide erosion control. This is done by constructing water bars and covering both handline and dozer line with vegetation.