Alerts & Notices

Whether hiking in the backcountry or touring along a road, travel in the mountains poses certain risks. Here you'll find the conditions you may expect and what you need to know before you go...

Road Conditions

Giant Sequoia National Monument (north) and Hume Lake Ranger District
  • Search highway 180 at Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) here.
  • Find current conditions through Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park here.


Weather Conditions


Current weather conditions from the National Weather Service forecast office at San Joaquin Valley/Hanford, California station here.



Giant Sequoia National Monument (north) and Hume Lake Ranger District
Kern River Ranger District



As of July 26, 2016, and until further notice, the following fire restrictions are in effect:

  • Campfires or charcoal fires are NOT allowed within the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. The Forest Order banning campfire and charcoal fires is available at Fire Restrictions.

  • Stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane will be allowed if the operator possesses a valid California Campfire Permit.  Forest visitors must clear all flammable material five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when in use.

  • Smoking will be confined to enclosed vehicles or buildings, and other designated areas as listed in the ranger district exhibits. The ranger district exhibits are available at Fire Restrictions.
  • Operating an internal combustion engine except on a properly designated National Forest System roads, trails or in designated areas as listed in the ranger district exhibits.

  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is not permitted.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or incarceration for not more than six months, or both.

Reminder! California Campfire Permits are required for any source of flame or fire and are available for free at all Forest Service offices or online at

Videos explaining fire restriction stages:



Web Cameras

This link from the National Weather Service provides live web camera views from several peaks located in Sequoia National Forest and surrounding areas.

Current Forest Orders

Forest Regulations


Subpart A—General Prohibitions

  • § 261.1 Scope.
  • § 261.1a Special use authorizations, contracts and operating plans.
  • § 261.1b Penalty.
  • § 261.2 Definitions.
  • § 261.3 Interfering with a Forest officer, volunteer, or human resource program enrollee or giving false report to a Forest officer.
  • § 261.4 Disorderly conduct.
  • § 261.5 Fire.
  • § 261.6 Timber and other forest products.
  • § 261.7 Livestock.
  • § 261.8 Fish and wildlife.
  • § 261.9 Property.
  • § 261.10 Occupancy and use.
  • § 261.11 Sanitation.
  • § 261.12 National Forest System roads and trails.
  • § 261.13 Motor vehicle use.
  • § 261.14 Use by over-snow vehicles.
  • § 261.15 Use of vehicles off roads.
  • § 261.16 Developed recreation sites.
  • § 261.17 Recreation fees.
  • § 261.18 National Forest Wilderness.
  • § 261.19 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
  • § 261.20 Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
  • § 261.21 National Forest primitive areas.
  • § 261.22 Unauthorized use of “Smokey Bear” and “Woodsy Owl” symbol.
  • § 261.23 Wild free-roaming horses and burros.

Subpart B—Prohibitions in Areas Designated by [Forest] Order

  • § 261.50 Orders.
  • § 261.51 Posting.
  • § 261.52 Fire.
  • § 261.53 Special closures.
  • § 261.54 National Forest System roads.
  • § 261.55 National Forest System trails.
  • § 261.56 Use of vehicles off National Forest System roads.
  • § 261.57 National Forest wilderness.
  • § 261.58 Occupancy and use.

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Regulations

The U.S. Forest Service enforces California Vehicle Codes (CVC) pertaining to OHV operations on Forest Service roads and trails. To view state regulations regarding OHV, click here.


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