Page last updated September 26, 12 p.m.
The KNP Complex Wildfires
The KNP Complex Fires were caused by a significant lightning storm on Thursday September 9, are still growing, and have the potential to affect Sequoia National Park infrastructure and resources. We are aggressively attacking these fires to suppress them. The KNP Complex fires have been in full suppression since their discovery the morning following the lightning storm.
Daily Briefings and Public Meetings
The Generals Highway is closed from the Sequoia National Park entrance (near Highway 198 and Three Rivers) to Quail Flat, 4 miles south of the Highway 180/Generals Highway Junction and 5 miles south of Grant Grove Village). California Highway 180 entering the Cedar Grove area is closed.
Area, Services, and Facilities Closures
All developed areas and most roads and wilderness lands are closed. These areas will remain closed until the fire threat is diminished, and listed closure dates may be extended:
All lodging reservations, wilderness permits, and Crystal Cave tours have been cancelled. Check our Frequently Asked Questions about the KNP Complex page for details.
Air Quality and Smoke Outlook
Fires both inside and outside the parks are severely impacting air quality. Conditions are changing quickly depending on location, fire behavior, and wind and weather patterns. For real-time air quality information and location-specific air quality updates, visit the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map. We also now have a daily Smoke Outlook report for the KNP Complex fires
Please also visit our Air Quality Information web page. Most importantly, follow our current fire restrictions that prohibit wood and charcoal fires at all elevations to avoid human-caused wildfires when conditions are dangerously dry.
Neighboring US Forest Service Access and Closures
After a California statewide closure of USFS lands was lifted on Wednesday, September 15, many national forests are open. However, new closures in the Sequoia National Forest associated with the KNP Complex Fires are in effect. The closure order includes all national forest land around the Grant Grove area, along Highway 180 into Cedar Grove, and the Big Meadows and Hume Lake areas. Additional national forest areas are closed to the south of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks due to the Windy Fire. For more information and maps, please visit the Sequoia National Forest website.
COVID-19 Safety, When Parks Reopen
To promote the safety of visitors and staff, masks are required in all NPS buildings, on the Sequoia Shuttle, and while attending Crystal Cave tours, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also require in outdoor spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and overlooks.
For the health and safety of others, please choose another time to visit a park if:
Information on Neighboring Public Lands
Traveling to Yosemite National Park? Reservations will be required to enter the park for day use through September 30, 2021.
Last updated: September 25, 2021