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2021 Labor Day Weekend in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Parks Remain Open and are Not Affected by United States Forest Service Closure Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA – Labor Day weekend is the last holiday weekend of the summer season at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the parks are expected to be exceptionally busy. Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan...

CDFW Closes Lands Through Sept. 17 Due to Wildfires

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has closed 34 properties (PDF)(opens in new tab) that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries due to extreme fire conditions. Effective immediately, these properties are closed to the public through Friday, September 17. All closures are CDFW wildlife areas or ecological reserves, and they cover many parts...

Forest Temporarily Closing Offices to In-Person Services

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Sequoia National Forest District Offices will close to in-person services aligned with the Regional Order, temporarily closing all National Forest in California for public safety. The order will take effect at 11:59 pm today, Tuesday, August 31, and continue through Friday, September 17. Forest offices will resume limited in-person services once the Regional closure expires.  Although all Sequoia National Forest...

Regional Order No. 21-07 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Forest Closure

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Regional Order No. 21-07 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Forest Closure Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System lands within the Pacific Southwest Region. This Order supersedes Regional Order No. 21-04 and is...

French Fire Update – August 31, 2021

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Acreage: 25,643     Containment: 40%             Total Personnel: 1,462 On Tuesday, August 31, at 6 a.m., the National Incident Management Team (NIMO) assumed command of the fire. The NIMO team will be integrated with the California Interagency Incident Management Team 12 for the remainder of their assignment. The French Fire, started on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern...

After the Fire Tips for Returning Residents…

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Fire Recovery Safety Tips The following are tips for you to remember and follow when returning to your home after the fire. For full details on what you should prepare for upon return please see the brochure in the related articles.... REMEMBER – use caution and good judgment.  Hazards may still exist, even after the fire is controlled. Electrical Safety Facts: An important...

USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety

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To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. This order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National...

French Fire Update – August 28, 2021

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Acreage: 23,764        Containment: 22%    Total Personnel: 1,310 Due to internet connectivity issues last night, there will be a follow-up virtual public meeting this evening, Saturday, August 28, at 6 p.m., streamed on the Sequoia National Forest and shared on Kern County Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Managements' (California) Facebook sites. For those who cannot join during...

French Fire Update – August 27, 2021

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Acreage: 22,916        Containment: 19%    Total Personnel: 1,376 There will be a virtual public meeting this afternoon, Friday, August 27, at 6 p.m., streamed on the Sequoia National Forest and shared on Kern County Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Managements'(California) Facebook sites. For those who cannot join during the live stream, the meeting will remain available through...

California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Response to French Fire in Kern County

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the French Fire in Kern County. To date, the French Fire has burned 20,678 acres, threatening homes in and around Wofford Heights and Kernville. The FMAG, which is provided through the President’s...

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