The Sequoia National Forest covers over 1.1 million acres in three counties of Southern California and offers an abundance of recreation opportunities for people to enjoy.  The Forest offers 52 developed campgrounds, hiking on more than 1,147 miles of trails including 47 miles of the PCT, over 314,448 acres of wilderness, 222 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, 2,617 rivers and streams, world-class whitewater rapids, 158 ponds and lakes, boating, fishing, biking, horseback riding and more.

Forest Fire Officials Elevate Campfire Restrictions

Effective June 30, USDA Sequoia National Forest Fire officials will raise campfire restrictions due to extreme fire danger. The increased restrictions prohibit the use of Campfires in the Forest, including developed and non-developed campsites. Current and forecasted weather, coupled with arid conditions, have created substantial, hazardous fire potential. These conditions are anticipated to continue into the foreseeable future as drought conditions persist. 

The restrictions are deemed necessary to protect public safety and prevent human-caused wildfires. Forest officials consider current and predicted weather, fuel conditions, fire activity levels, and available resources before implementing fire restrictions.

June 30 through November 30, 2021, the following restrictions are in effect.

  • No Campfires will be allowed on Forest Service Land.
    Visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel, with a shut-off valve, in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials. Free campfire permits are available at www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/.  
  • No Smoking is permitted, except within an enclosed vehicle.
  • No motorized vehicles off properly designated Forest Service roads or trails.
  • No welding, operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame. 
  • Fireworks, exploding targets, tracer rounds, and other incendiary ammunition or devices are not allowed in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument at any time. This includes sparklers or safe and sane fireworks.

 

Visitor centers across the Sequoia National Forest have resumed in-person services.

The Kern River Ranger District Visitor’s Center is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The district phone number is (760) 376-3781.
Virtual services are available Monday and Tuesday by calling (760) 549-9533.

The Blackrock Visitor Center is open Thursday through Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Western Divide Ranger District Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The district’s phone number is (559) 539-2607.

The Hume Lake Ranger District Visitor’s Center is open Monday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The district’s phone number is (559) 338-2251.
Virtual services are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by calling (559) 791-5758.

We ask that non-vaccinated visitors wear a mask and maintain physical distancing while inside Forest Service buildings and facilities.

 

Sequoia National Forest Day Use opportunities available, Castle Fire Closure Order

For the health and welfare of our Forest visitors and staff, Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson announces Forest Orders No. 0513-21-06 and 0513-21-08 prohibiting overnight camping at Day Use areas on public lands managed by the Forest. In addition the the Closure Order has been extended for areas most impacted by the Castle Fire.

 

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