November 28, 2016
Missing Hiker’s Body Found
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. November 28, 2016 – During the search and rescue efforts for Vince Scalise, a 41-year-old from Phoenix, AZ, his body was found today by searchers. Mr. Scalise was found at the junction of Panther Creek and the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in Sequoia National Park.
November 28, 2016
Public Invited to 91st Annual Trek to the Tree in Kings Canyon National Park
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 28, 2016 – Are you looking for something fun to do with your family and friends to celebrate the holidays? Would you like to honor those who fought and died for our freedom? If so, you are invited to attend the 91st Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree ceremony on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Kings Canyon National Park.
November 27, 2016
Missing Hiker Vince Scalise
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. November 27, 2016 – Park officials are requesting the public’s help with information regarding a missing hiker. Saturday night, November 26, 2016, park dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker visiting the wilderness of Sequoia National Park. Vince Scalise, a 41-year-old from Phoenix, AZ, was supposed to return from a backpacking trip on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
November 17, 2016
Update on Fires in the Parks
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 17, 2016 – Despite the cooler temperatures, fire season continues in the parks. The following is an update on ongoing fires within park boundaries.
November 16, 2016
Jury finds man guilty of first-degree murder after a multi-agency investigation
A homicide investigation by the National Park Service (NPS) Investigative Services Branch, Visalia Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has led to a guilty verdict. On November 9, 2016, a jury convicted Miguel Villegas Pacheco, age 35, of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his 14-year-old stepson.
November 14, 2016
Ignitions on Deadwood Prescribed Burn Now Complete
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 14, 2016 –Ignitions are now complete for the Deadwood Prescribed Burn. The total area treated since Thursday afternoon is 185-acres. The remaining 93-acres of the target 278-acres should be consumed as the middle of unit backs down towards the river over the next several days.
November 10, 2016
Ignitions Have Started for Deadwood Prescribed Burn
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 10, 2016 – Following a successful test burn this morning, and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, the Deadwood Prescribed Burn has started in Sequoia National Park. Ignitions will continue for four to five days, including two to four days of aerial ignitions.
November 03, 2016
Prescribed Burn Planned for Mineral King Next Week
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 3, 2016 – Beginning on November 10, National Park Service fire staff will commence with a prescribed burn in the Mineral King area of the park known as the Deadwood Prescribed Burn. The purpose of this operation is to reduce hazardous fuel loadings and maintain the natural fire cycle in the East Fork of the Kaweah River drainage of Sequoia National Park.
October 28, 2016
Search for Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie Scaled Back
After more than a week of searching for hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie, the mission has been put on hold due to a series of incoming winter storms forecasted for over the next week.
October 23, 2016
Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn Postponed
Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Forest, Calif. October 23, 2016 – After further evaluation, both the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service have decided to postpone the 264-acre Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn out of an abundance of caution.
October 21, 2016
Search Continues for Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie
As the search for Robert “Bob” Woodie continues, park officials are requesting that any hiker who was in the search area since Thursday, October 13, 2016, to reach out with information.
October 19, 2016
Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie
Park officials are requesting the public’s help with information regarding a missing hiker.
October 19, 2016
Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest Announce Timeframe for First Joint Interagency Prescribed Burn
Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Forest, Calif. October 19, 2016 – The USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service are planning to start the Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn as early as next Monday. This date was selected due to favorable weather and approval by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The burn is located north of Highway 180, between the Big Stump Entrance to Kings Canyon National Park and Wilsonia Village.
October 12, 2016
$7.5 Million Worth of Illegal Marijuana Eradicated from Sequoia National Park
Nearly 3,000 illegal marijuana plants were eradicated from Sequoia National Park last month. Law enforcement officers discovered a cultivation site in the Yucca Creek drainage west, which is in a designated wilderness area of Sequoia National Park, west of Generals Highway.
October 10, 2016
Ignitions Have Started for Dorst Prescribed Burn
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 10, 2016 – Following a successful test burn this morning, and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, the Dorst Prescribed Burn has started in Sequoia National Park. Ignitions will continue for two to three days.
October 04, 2016
Plan to Restore Native Species to High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems Approved
Work to restore endangered frogs to high elevation aquatic ecosystems will be continuing under a newly approved plan.
October 04, 2016
Dorst Prescribed Burn Planned for Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 4, 2016 – The parks are scheduling their first prescribed burn of fall 2016, north of Dorst Campground, near the northern border of Sequoia National Park. This represents a change of plans for the parks, due to cooling trends and increased relative humidity bringing the area into appropriate parameters for prescribed burning, as shown by recent fuel moisture samples taken at the site.
September 23, 2016
National Parks Announce Plans for Fall Prescribed Burns
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 23, 2016 – As temperatures drop and the season changes, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are preparing to perform three prescribed burns during the fall of 2016.
September 22, 2016
Fatality at Deerhorn Mountain in Kings Canyon National Park
On the morning of Tuesday, September 20, 2016, park dispatchers were notified by the Inyo County Sherrif’s Department of a missing person presumably in Kings Canyon National Park. Alfred Kwok, a 50-year-old male from Claremont, CA, was reported overdue from a solo wilderness trip that was planned to conclude on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
September 19, 2016
Fatality at Eagle Lake in Sequoia National Park
On Saturday, September 17 at 3:08 p.m., park dispatchers were notified that a satellite SOS device had been activated at Eagle Lake within Sequoia National Park. The SOS message indicated an apparent drowning in the lake.
September 14, 2016
Safety Alert: Increased Traffic on Weekdays at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Weekday visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks should be especially careful while visiting the parks through October 12, 2016. Up to 25 large dump trucks with trailers will be traveling through the parks on weekdays from sunrise until approximately 3 p.m.
September 14, 2016
Free Entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on Sept. 24; Earn an Extra Free Day by Volunteering
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will offer free entrance to the public on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in honor of National Public Lands Day, which is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
September 02, 2016
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Launch Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks encourage all fourth graders to visit for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally-managed lands and waters. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and obtain more information.
August 31, 2016
Limited Firewood Available by Permit at Sequoia National Park--Mineral King--2016
Approximately 25 cords of surplus wood is available by permit to the public on a first-come, first-served basis in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park starting on Friday, September 2, until the supply is gone or through October 26 at 12 noon, when this area closes for the season...
August 31, 2016
Celebrate Labor Day and Fall at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend and fall at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Before you arrive, check the parks' website at www.nps.gov/seki for updates. Here are a few tips for a fun and safe visit to the parks...
July 29, 2016
Redwood Canyon Hiking Trails to be Partially Reopened
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 29, 2016 – Effective Monday, August 1, 2016, some of the trail closures associated with the Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon will be lifted. At that time, the Redwood Canyon Trail, the Sugarbowl Trail, and the Big Springs Trail will be reopened for visitor use. This will allow visitors to hike the full Sugarbowl Loop.
July 27, 2016
Limited Firewood Available by Permit at Kings Canyon National Park
Approximately 30 or more cords of surplus wood in Kings Canyon National Park will be made available by permit to the public beginning Wednesday, August 3, 2016, on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is gone or snowfall hinders access to the Grant Grove woodlot (typically in mid-November).
July 24, 2016
Parks’ Firefighters Voice Concerns Over Drone Usage
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 24, 2016 – Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, are on the rise in our nation’s airspace. While most drone operators are recreating privately, the Federal Aviation Administration recently passed legislation to simplify the process of getting licensed as a commercial drone operator. Drones are increasingly popular and have many useful applications. So, why aren’t visitors allowed to fly drones in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks?
July 23, 2016
Missing Hiker John Lee
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS – On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with other partners, continued searching in the vicinity of Mt. Whitney for missing hiker John Lee, a 68-year-old male from Mentone, CA. Other partners involved in the search include Inyo County Search and Rescue, Marin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, Placer County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Team, Placer County Search and Rescue, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, California Air National Guard, and Cal OES. A total of 66 staff and volunteers have been assigned to search efforts today.
July 22, 2016
2015 Rough Fire: One Year Later
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 22, 2016 – As the one year anniversary of the Rough Fire approaches; the National Park Service has released an interactive map along with a series of videos to share the story of the Rough Fire. The eight videos will be released one a week for the next few months. Starting on July 31, 2015 from a lighting strike, the Rough Fire grew to be over 151,000 acres and the 2nd largest wildfire in modern Sierra Nevada history.
June 28, 2016
Celebrate the Fourth of July and Summer at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA – Celebrate the Fourth of July and the rest of summer at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Before you arrive, check the parks’ website at www.nps.gov/seki for updates, including:
June 27, 2016
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect June 28, 2016
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 27, 2016– Over the past five years, the Sierra Nevada has experienced an unprecedented drought. The number of dead and dying trees continues to grow. While the area received a near-normal rainfall and snowpack this year, the threat of unwanted wildfires is still here. Due to the winter rains, grasses and other annuals have grown and now dried out, further fueling the risk from wildfire, especially in lower elevations.
June 09, 2016
Start Date Planned for Goliath Prescribed Burn - June 11 2016
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 9, 2016 – Dates have now been set for the Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon, located in Kings Canyon National Park. The prescribed burn is scheduled to take place on June 11 for approximately four to five days. Forecast models and recent fuel moisture samples show that this specific time will give the parks the best burn window to ensure a successful burn while minimizing smoke impacts
June 08, 2016
Explore Sequoia National Park through Art and Music
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA – Come explore Sequoia National Park through art and music this summer! Special programs include:
June 08, 2016
Release of Final Plan for the Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA—The Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (Restoration Plan/FEIS) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be available to the public starting on June 10, 2016. A notice of availability for the Restoration Plan/FEIS will be published in the Federal Register on the same day.
June 06, 2016
Upcoming Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 6, 2016 – The parks are announcing potential dates for the upcoming Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon, located in Kings Canyon National Park. With ideal conditions for this prescribed burn being early summer, staff from both parks have been preparing the area and collecting data to ensure the parameters are set for a successful operation.
June 05, 2016
Girl Survives After Swept Downriver in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – On Saturday, June 5, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Dispatch Office received a radio call at 4:16 p.m. from a park employee relaying a report from park visitors of someone in distress in the Kaweah River near Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park. A swiftwater rescue was initiated at that time.
June 03, 2016
National Park Service Selects DNC Parks & Resorts at Sequoia, Inc., to be New Concessioner at Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA— DNC Parks & Resorts at Sequoia, Inc., has been selected to receive a new 10-year concessions contract to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, and other services at Sequoia National Park (Wuksachi, Lodgepole and Bearpaw areas). The new contract resulted from a bidding process required by the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. Concession contract proposals for Sequoia National Park were solicited by the National Park Service from May 7, 2015, through October 8, 2015. The new concession contract at Sequoia National Park will take effect on November 1, 2016. Until then, Delaware North will continue to operate lodging, food and beverage, and retail services in the park under its current contract.
May 25, 2016
Plan for a Fun and Safe Memorial Day and Summer in the Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA – Plan ahead for a fun and safe Memorial Day holiday weekend and summer trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Check for recent updates on the parks’ website at www.nps.gov/seki. A few key updates include:
May 23, 2016
Fighting Drought with Fire - Prescribed Fires -Reduce Tree Death from Drought
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (May 23, 2016) – A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows that thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.
May 21, 2016
Fatality in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – On Friday, May 20, 2016, at 6:07 p.m., a hiker stopped at the Lodgepole Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park to report that another member of his party, a 26-year-old male from Tustin, CA, needed medical assistance for abdominal pain along the High Sierra Trail.
May 13, 2016
Missing Hiker’s Body Found in Sequoia National Park
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA – The body of a 53 year old male hiker was found by searchers at Panther Creek on the Middle Fork Trail in Sequoia National Park on the afternoon of Thursday, May 12, 2016. The search began after another group of hikers he had passed on the trail reported by satellite phone that his backpack was found unattended near the campsite and two water bottle lids were found at the top of a waterfall. The NPS swiftwater rescuers donned wetsuits and located the body under water at the base of the waterfall. The body was transferred to the Tulare County Coroners Office.
May 05, 2016
Be a “Citizen Scientist” at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks!
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – Are you interested in reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects, or plants? If so, you are invited to join the Centennial BioBlitz, which will be held at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.! A BioBlitz is a treasure hunt to discover living things—where you (ages 5 to adult)--can be a citizen scientist and work side-by-side with park rangers, scientists, and other staff—to get up close and personal with nature.
April 25, 2016
NPS Fire Program Leads Fire Extinguisher Training for Park’s Concessioner
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. April 25, 2016 – At the end of last week, fire management staff from Kings Canyon National Park held a fire extinguisher training for 15 employees of the of one the park’s concessioners, Delaware North, at the Grant Grove Fire Station.
April 21, 2016
National Parks Announce Annual Fuels Treatment Plan for 2016
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 21, 2016– Today, the Fire and Fuels Management Program announce the planned prescribed fire and mechanical treatments for 2016. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work to protect ecosystems and communities through effective and safe fire and fuels management. This important work is accomplished by restoring fire's natural role in the environment and by reducing hazardous fuels.
April 13, 2016
Rangers and Partners Remove Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Site from Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA – On Monday, March 28, 2016, law enforcement park rangers from Sequoia National Park, in cooperation with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and Department of Homeland Security—Homeland Security Investigations, removed an illegal marijuana cultivation site in Sequoia National Park. A total of 8,816 young plants (worth over $22 million) were removed by hand from the park. This cultivation site was detected by park rangers a few days earlier. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Please call 888-677-2746 with any tips on illegal cultivation on parkland.
April 13, 2016
Find Your Park during National Park Week!
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA – Did you know that April 16-24, 2016, is National Park Week? You can enter all national parks for free during these dates! (Note: Fees for camping, reservations, concessions, and fees collected by third parties still apply.)
Come to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for the following fun activities:
October 17, 2015
Limited Firewood Available by Permit at Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – Approximately 25 cords of surplus wood in Sequoia National Park’s Mineral King area is being made available by permit to the public on a first-come, first-served basis immediately through Monday, October 26, at 12 noon, when the Mineral King area closes for the season. Firewood permits must be purchased in advance—before wood can be removed.