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KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. August 15, 2015 –At the recommendation of the Rough Fire Incident Management Team, the Park is notifying visitors and the public in Cedar Grove that the Rough Fire has necessitated closing Highway 180. The Rough Fire has not crossed the South Fork of the Kings River, however it is approaching the river below Highway 180.
At 10:00pm, August 15th, Highway 180 will be closed to eastbound traffic at the intersection of Highway 180 and the Hume Lake turnoff. It will remain closed until it is deemed safe by the appropriate authorities. Visitors choosing to remain in Cedar Grove risk being stranded due to the road closure, but are able to exit at this time.
THIS IS NOT AN EVACUATION
Currently park rangers are notifying day users and campground occupants in person. This is a precautionary notice and there is minimal risk to the public in Cedar Grove.
We will attempt to accommodate existing campers in affected areas by moving them into other campgrounds. However, we want to remind visitors that camping environments and facilities may differ from their original campground assignment, as each area is slightly different.