August 12, 2017
Missing Persons: Jie Song and Yinan Wang
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. August 12, 2017 - The parks received a report on Friday, August 11, of missing parties last seen in Sequoia National Park on Sunday, August 6.
Jie Song (left) and Yinan Wang (right) pictured below were last seen at approximately 2 PM on Sunday at the junction of Crystal Cave Road and the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park after attending a Crystal Cave Tour. They intended to continue north to Kings Canyon National Park, stay the night in Fresno, and had reservations in Yosemite National Park on Monday, August 7. They did not show up for their Yosemite reservation.
August 11, 2017
Missing Climber in Kings Canyon National Park: Tom Fennessy
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 11, 2017– Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service officials are seeking leads to aid in the search for a missing alpine climber. On Thursday, August 10, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue climber. 55-year-old Tom Fennessy intended to return from the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill Traverse in the Eastern Sierra late in the day on Wednesday, August 9.
June 20, 2017
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect June 28, 2017
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 20, 2017– Due to rapidly decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to a wet winter in the Kaweah Rivers drainage fire restrictions, will now be in effect starting June 28, 2017. Additionally, the Dinley Fire was the largest fire in Three Rivers since the 1996 Kaweah Fire and demonstrates how fast a fire can move in this steep and rugged terrain.
June 18, 2017
Third River Fatality in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 18, 2017 – Yesterday evening rangers received a report of a twenty-six year old female that fell into Silliman Creek along the Twin Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and was subsequently swept downstream.
June 16, 2017
Ampitheatre Wildfire Contained in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 16, 2017 – A vehicle fire was reported this afternoon in Sequoia National Park, approximately one-quarter mile south of popular vista location Ampitheatre Point. The fire then spread into the grass upslope of the vehicle. An immediate full-suppression response was initiated.
June 13, 2017
Ignitions Complete on Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 13, 2017 – As of this afternoon, ignitions are complete on the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park. 26 acres have been treated with prescribed fire, with approximately 14 acres of the project area treated by mechanical methods.
June 09, 2017
Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn Rescheduled For This Sunday
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 9, 2017 – Immediately after completing the test burn in the first segment of the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn on June 7, 2017, firefighters from the National Park Service ceased operations due to the start of a wildfire outside of the parks in the community of Three Rivers and responded to assist.
June 07, 2017
Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn Stopped Due To Non-Parks Wildfire
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 7, 2017 - This morning crews from the parks commenced the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn. As they were completing this test burn, operations were ceased because of a new wildfire start outside the parks. Crews from the National Park Service are assisting in the response of this new fire.
The large visible column of smoke is not related to the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn.
A total of five acres were treated this morning in the parks and no new prescribed burning will occur until a later date.
Information for this fire at this time should be directed to fire agencies in Three Rivers, California.
May 30, 2017
Parks to Incorporate Traditional Techniques in Upcoming Prescribed Burn
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 30, 2017 – Firefighters at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are preparing for an upcoming prescribed burn adjacent to the Sequoia National Park entrance station and headquarters, known as the Ash Mountain area. Scheduled to begin June 7, 2017, with four to five burning days, this burn will incorporate philosophies and techniques employed by park partners from the Native American community.
May 17, 2017
Park Rangers Make Arrests in Major Marijuana Operation
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. (May 17, 2017) - This spring there was a joint operation between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and eight other law enforcement agencies to disrupt the cultivation of marijuana in Sequoia National Park and adjacent public lands. This effort lasted approximately ten days and involved up to 30 officers who dedicated nearly 1,000 hours. The operation focused on foothill canyon roads that have a history of marijuana cultivation. Officers conducted over 100 motor vehicle stops resulting in dozens of cultivation leads and six arrests.
May 15, 2017
Kings Canyon’s Sunset Campground Closed Until Further Notice
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May, 15, 2017 - Sunset Campground in the Grant Grove area of the Kings Canyon, will have to remain closed until further notice. It was scheduled to open on May 24 but many trees killed by drought, insect activity, and a heavy winter created far more hazards than expected.
May 09, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Announce Two Public Meetings on 2018 Commercial Use Permitting Season
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. May 9, 2017 - The Parks will hold two public information meetings to discuss the implementation of Commercial Service Day (CSD) allocations for commercial operations in wilderness under the direction of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS) signed May 27, 2015
April 30, 2017
Sequoia National Park Hosts Go Native Event
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 30, 2017 – The Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) in collaboration with local tribal representatives will be holding Go Native - A Native American Cultural Celebration - Saturday, May 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Foothills Picnic Area across the highway from the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park.
April 23, 2017
Two Fatalities in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 23, 2017 - Two fatalities occurred in Sequoia National Park this weekend, one on Mount Whitney and one in the Kaweah River.
April 20, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Now Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 20, 2017 – It is with great excitement through a new partnership with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Hanford, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are now Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors.
April 17, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Launches Sale of Entrance Passes Online
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 17, 2017 - In an effort to find the best solution to aid visitors and speed-up lines at entrance stations, the National Park Service now has a new pilot program where visitors can now get their entrance pass online prior to arriving at the parks.
March 20, 2017
Crystal Cave Upgrade Project Moves to the Next Phase
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. March 20, 2017 – The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to improve the visitor services in the Crystal Cave area of Sequoia National Park. National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss approved the project by signing a finding of no significant impact statement (FONSI) in February. The public was provided a chance to review the proposed plan in late 2015.
March 16, 2017
Sequoia Parks Conservancy Selects A New Executive Director
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. March 16, 2017 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia Parks Conservancy are happy to announce that a new Executive Director for the Conservancy has been chosen. After an intensive search, Karen Dallett, will lead the organization into summer 2017 and forward.
March 15, 2017
Additional 2017 Fee Free Days Announced
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. March 15, 2017 –There are 13 more reasons to enjoy these national parks in 2017! The parks will offer free admission to all on 13 days in 2017.
February 01, 2017
National Parks Announce New Film & Photography Process and Website
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. February 1, 2017 – The National Park Service is excited to announce new procedures for film and photography permits for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The film and photography permit program at these parks has been on hiatus since September due to staffing changes and a desire to increase the efficiency of the program for both permittees and the parks. By not taking permits, the Film and Photography Permit Office was able to focus on evaluating the program and making additional upgrades.
January 25, 2017
Sequoia Parks Conservancy Receives Donation for NPS Research Projects
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 25, 2017 – The Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) has been awarded a $94,074 donation from the Easterday Family Foundation to fund three research and restoration projects in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
January 18, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Complete Phased In Fee Increases
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 18, 2017 – Since 2015, the National Park Service has implemented a phased in approach to fee increases for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 2017 marks the completion of this project with entry fees for Motorcycles now $25 per individual from $20 in 2016 for a 7-days pass.
January 10, 2017
UPDATE - Generals Highway Reopens in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 10, 2016– The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is now open. Following multiple days of storms with mudslides, rockslides, and falling trees, the parks’ road crews have worked to clean-up the highway. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing conditions as the next storm is expected this afternoon.
January 08, 2017
UPDATE - Generals Highway Open in Sequoia National Park Until 5:00 PM Today
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 8, 2016– The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is now open until 5:00 p.m. tonight for visitor safety. Conditions will be reassessed tomorrow morning to determine when the road will re-open.
January 07, 2017
Generals Highway Closed at the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 7, 2016– The Generals Highway is now closed at the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park due to rock slides and flooding until further notice. This storm is forecast to continue through Monday evening.
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 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 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 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.
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.