Sequoia National Park is implementing a full park closure beginning at 6 .a.m on Tuesday, September 15, in response to the Castle Fire on the SQF Complex. Many park staff have been evacuated from the area and for visitor and resource protection, park managers have decided to close all entrances to Sequoia National Park.
During this unprecedented fire year, park managers have had to evaluate how to best balance the responsibilities to the public as well as the mental welfare and physical safety of the staff.
“With Three Rivers and the park headquarters under an evacuation notice, staff is focused on preparing to evacuate,” said Lee Taylor, acting superintendent. “To ensure any pending evacuation goes as smoothly as possible we are closing the park to visitors.”
Kings Canyon National Park remains open at this time. Mineral King Road remains closed at this time.
Visitors will not be able to access Sequoia National Park from Highway 198 (Three Rivers side) or Highway 180 (Kings Canyon side). The Giant Forest and sequoia trees will be inaccessible to visitors. All park campgrounds will be closed with reservations cancelled and refunded.