Porterville, CA – Sequoia National Forest officials announced the temporary closure of Rancheria Road and Evans Flat Campground on the Kern River Ranger District, due to hazard tree abatement and removal. The closures are necessary for public safety due to the number of hazard trees located along the road and within the campground. Forest Order 0513-19-21 will remain in effect from Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, to Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, for felling operations.

According to Deputy District Ranger, Dionne Uzes, tree hazards include dead or dying trees, dead parts of live trees, or unstable live trees that are within striking distance of people or property. “Falling trees are an ever-present hazard when traveling or camping in the Forest. Often, we are unaware of the risks. These trees have the potential to cause property damage or personal injury in the event of a failure.”

The closure area includes Rancheria road (Forest Road No. 25S15) from its intersection with Pettitt road (Forest Road No. 26S37), then continuing northeast approximately 9.2 miles to the Alta Sierra Ski area. The Order also includes the closure of the Evans Flat campground located along Rancheria road. A map of the closure area is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sequoia/notices/?cid=FSEPRD539396

Be aware of your surroundings while visiting the Forest. Trees can fall without warning. Be particularly watchful when it’s windy or following a snowstorm when branches are covered with snow. Avoid parking or camping in areas where trees could fall.

For more information, please call the Kern River Ranger District at 760-376-3781.