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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

  • You May Have Trouble Calling Us

    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

Fire Restrictions

Fire managers may institute fire restrictions any time that fire danger and general conditions call for them. The goal of the restrictions is to reduce the possibility of accidental human-caused fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger. To minimize a surprise when you get to the parks, check this information right before you travel and ask in a visitor center when you arrive.

Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 fire restrictions are implemented due to fire danger. However, additional fire restrictions are in place for Wilderness/ Backcountry travel to ensure minimum impact practices. Please visit here for more information.

Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions, highlighted in yellow below.

 


Stage Level


Designated
Campgrounds



Designated
Picnic Areas


Backcountry
Wilderness Travel


Smoking

NONE

No Restriction

No Restriction

See which Picnic Areas
have grills available.

See year round elevation/site specific Wilderness campfire restrictions. Refer to the
Minimum Impact Restrictions.

No Restriction

Stage I

HIGH

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in South Fork campground.

All fires and stoves are allowed in all other campgrounds.

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in Hospital Rock and Ash Mountain picnic areas.

All fires and stoves are allowed in all other designated picnic areas.

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited below 6,000 feet. Year-round elevation/site-specific wilderness fire restrictions also apply. Refer to the Minimum Impact Restrictions.

Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are permitted.

No smoking below 6,000 feet, except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, or a designated smoking area.

Stage 2

VERY HIGH

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in South Fork, Potwisha, and Buckeye Flat campgrounds.

Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are permitted.

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in Hospital Rock and Ash Mountain picnic areas.

Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are permitted.

Stage 2 fire restrictions are the same as Stage 1. Stage 2 fire restrictions are the same as Stage 1.

Stage 3

EXTREME

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited at all elevations.

Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are permitted.

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in all picnic areas.

Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are permitted.

Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited at all elevations.


Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are permitted.

No smoking at any elevation except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, or a designated smoking area.
 

Did You Know?

Map of Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon Parks form the heart of the second-largest contiguous roadless area left in the lower 48 states. The southern Sierra is so rugged that few roads cross it; you must go north to Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park or south to Walker Pass or Tehachapi Pass.