Current Conditions

A wildland firefighter walks through ashen ground and burns shrubs, with live forests in distant background.
A Truckee Hotshot crewmember works safely from the edge of a burned area of the fire, near the East fork of the Kaweah River.

USFS / Daniel R. Patterson

Page last updated October 12, 10:45 am

The KNP Complex Wildfires

The KNP Complex Fires were caused by a significant lightning storm on Thursday September 9 and are affecting infrastructure and resources in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest. We are collaborating with neighboring agencies to aggressively attack these fires to suppress them. The KNP Complex fires have been in full suppression since their discovery the morning following the lightning storm.

For updates, maps, evacuation notices for the park and surrounding communities, and the latest information, please visit the Inciweb KNP Complex web page.

Crews prepared the Giant Forest, Grant Grove, and other sequoia groves by removing dead and down plant material around trees and applying structure wrap to the base of some monarch sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree. Crews are also protecting buildings and housing in the Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Ash Mountain, and Grant Grove areas.

As of October 12, the fire was estimated at 30% containment (containment estimates are subject to change).

Daily Briefings and Public Meetings

Area, Road, Services, and Facilities Closures

All developed areas and roads are closed. Most wilderness lands are also closed. These areas will remain closed until the threat from the fire and its impacts are diminished. Any listed closure dates may be extended:

  • All roads, facilities, and services in both Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • All lands within the boundaries of Sequoia National Park west of the Pacific Crest Trail
  • All lands of Kings Canyon National Park west of the Pacific Crest Trail and south of the ridgeline which lies north of Ionian Basin
  • The Cedar Grove and Mineral King areas
  • All campgrounds in both parks. Campgrounds that would normally be open at this time of year are closed through 10/31, and this closure may be extended. Reservations will be fully refunded through Recreation.gov.

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 are severely impacting air quality both inside and outside the parks. 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.

Neighboring US Forest Service Access and Closures

Closures in 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.

Sierra and Inyo national forests are open.

 
 

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.

We urge you to follow National Park Service guidance and CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For the health and safety of others, please choose another time to visit a park if: 

  1. You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms such as a dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  2. You had close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You are self-isolating or self-quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.

 

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.

For information on the status of the Sequoia National Forest or Giant Sequoia National Monument (managed by the US Forest Service), visit the Sequoia National Forest website.

For information on Lake Kaweah (managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), visit their website.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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