Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents
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9/1/2019: A 17-year-old male jumped into the river from a bridge and broke his leg. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents
9/2/2019: A 60-year-old male fainted while in the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. He was carried out to the road where he was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
8/30/2019: Early in the morning, rangers responded to the Lodgepole Campground for a 32- year-old female and a 35-year-old male from Indiana with suspected food poisoning. The two patients were treated and transported by Ambulance 6. Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents
8/31/2019 Rangers were notified of a single vehicle accident near the Four Guardsmen. The driver advised that he and his family had driven all night from the Los Angeles area to camp in the park. Driver stated that he fell asleep while driving and woke up as his car slid off the road. There were no injuries.
8/31/2019: A 41-year-old-female from Los Angeles flagged down Ambulance 6 at Round Meadow complaining of difficulty breathing, possibly secondary to being at a higher elevation than normal. She was treated and transported.
8/31/2019: Rangers took a visitor report of two males in the area of Lodgepole with a small animal carcass and carrying a rifle. Rangers hiked to the area to attempt to locate the alleged poachers but were unable to locate them. Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents
8/28/2019: At 3:45 p.m., Sequoia Dispatch received a satellite phone call from visitors at Lower Monarch Lake reporting that a man was yelling for help in the area of Sawtooth Pass. The man stated that he couldn’t “move.” The visitors on scene had a satellite phone and two-way radio with a group member staying at Cold Springs Campground. A park helicopter was requested to conduct an aerial recon with short-haul capabilities. Shortly after, the group at Lower Monarch using their two-way radio, reported that the male was walking across the ridgeline with the assistance of another visitor. The male was not injured and did not request
any further assistance from National Park Service staff.
8/28/2019: At 4:15 p.m., Sequoia Dispatch was notified by IERCC of a spot device activation in the Franklin Pass area. IERCC reported that a 32-year-old female was suffering from severe altitude illness, vomiting, weakness, and a headache. A park helicopter was requested and flew to the provided coordinates with a medical care provider on board. The patient was flown to the Ash Mountain Helibase and transferred to a ground ambulance for transport to a hospital.
8/31/2019: A woman was arrested for driving under the influence on the Mineral King Road at the Faculty Flat cabin area and transported to the Tulare County Jail.
9/01/2019: At 9:15 p.m., Park Dispatch received a 911 call from a camper at Atwell Mill Campground reporting that there was loud “Russian Techno” music coming from an adjacent campsite. A ranger responded. On scene, there was no “Russian Techno” music or any other audible noises in the campground. The reporting party was reminded that the quiet hours in the campgrounds are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
8/28/2019: Rangers responded to a 911 call regarding a separated day hiker in wilderness. The parties separated at Pear Lake when three people left a solo hiker. They called 911 at Heather Lake when he did not catch up to them on the trail after several hours. Containment was established and a hasty search initiated. The hikers reunited on their own a short time later.
8/28/2019: Rangers responded to an SOS activation in wilderness at Rock Creek Lake. The subject, a 61-year-old man, had injured his Achilles tendon. The subject had already rested for one day. He was assessed and monitored. Showing no improvement by 8/29/2019, he was flown to the helibase where his wife transported him to the hospital.
9/2/2019: Rangers received a report of a male who had taken a 500-foot fall on the Kern Ridge near Triple Divide Peak with a head injury and mutli-system trauma. A Parkmedic was inserted via helicopter and the victim was assessed and packaged. He was short-hauled to a landing zone where he was transported to the Ash Mountain Helibase and transferred to California Highway Patrol Helicopter 40, which flew him to the hospital.
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
8/29/2019: Grant Grove rangers and Ambulance 5 responded on after-hours callout to Highway 180 and Boole Tree Road for a motor vehicle accident. On arrival, rangers found a single vehicle off the roadway with significant damage. The single occupant of the vehicle had been extricated by bystanders and had head, abdominal, and pelvic injuries. Ambulance 5 transported the patient with advanced life support care to McKenzie Helispot for a rendezvous with SkyLife air ambulance for a flight to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Grant Grove rangers transferred the accident scene (in Giant Sequoia National Monument) to California Highway Patrol for investigation.
8/28/2019: At about 9 a.m., a female visitor walked up to the McClure Ranger Station complaining of recent onset shortness of breath at rest and three days of headache, vomiting, and weakness. She was evaluated for potential high-altitude pulmonary edema, and Helicopter 552 with a ParkMedic responded to evacuate the patient to McKenzie Helispot where she was transferred to a ground ambulance for transport to Fresno.
Cedar Grove did not have any significant incidents. Rangers managed a large volume of visitors throughout the holiday weekend and provided traffic control, parking control, education, and enforced multiple park violations.
● Ambulance 4 responded to multiple minor medical assessment calls throughout the holiday weekend.
Revenue and Fee Management Branch
Busiest holiday weekend of the summer at both entrances.
Ash Mountain Entrance Station saw long lines of traffic. On Saturday, the line went from about a 30–minute wait around 10:30 a.m. to being backed up to the Three Rivers Memorial Building (over two-hour wait) by about 11 a.m. Entrance station personnel waved a total of 400 cars through the entrance on Saturday to keep the line from backing up past the Totem Market. On Sunday, the line backed up again in late morning and the team waved another 400 cars throughout the day to keep the wait time under an hour. On Monday they caught vehicles in the outbound window to pay upon exiting.
Friday, Aug. 30, had 1,152 recreational entries. This is a +36% increase from 2018, a +12% increase from 2017, and a +17% increase from 2016.
Saturday, Aug. 31, had 2,751 recreational entries. This is a +21% increase from 2018, a -8% decrease from 2017, and a -13% decrease from 2016.
Sunday, Sept. 1, had 3,042 recreational entries. This is a +26% increase from 2018, a +13% increase from 2017, and a -4% decrease from 2016.
Monday. Sept. 2, had 1,735 recreational entries. This is a +41% increase from 2018, a +12% increase from 2017, and a +3% increase from 2016.
Big Stump Entrance Station had lines up to 30 minutes on Saturday, the busiest day. They also caught outbound traffic to charge vehicles that entered overnight or were waved through upon entering.
Friday, Aug. 30, had 1,421 recreational entries. This is a +20% increase from 2018, a +2% increase from 2017, and a +36% increase from 2016.
Saturday, Aug. 31, had 2,437 recreational entries. This is the same as 2018, a +19% increase from 2017, and a +48% increase from 2016. Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents
Sunday, Sept. 1, had 1,852 recreational entries. This is a +23% increase from 2018, a +20% increase from 2017, and a +19% increase from 2016.
Monday, Sept. 2, had 1,340 recreational entries. This is a +7% increase from the same day 2018, a +35% increase from 2017, and a +35% increase from 2016.
Campgrounds filled by Friday and were busy for the entire holiday weekend with large family groups and overflow parking lots full. The campground rangers managed many challenges and worked to educate and seek compliance with fires, large groups, quiet hours, and dogs.
Law Enforcement Services
The week of 08/26/2019- 09/01/2019 there were 356 incidents that required assistance for all the parks that use the SRCC: Pinnacles NP (11), Whiskeytown Recreation Area (5), Channel Islands NP (6), Sequoia (186) and Kings Canyon (147).
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