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.

Inyo National Forest: Inyo Creek Fire Update 6/22/2021

Closures: The Whitney Portal Road is closed at Horseshoe Meadow Road. The Forest is working with the Inyo County Sheriff on the road closure. At this time through hikers that have planned to exit the Mt Whitney Trailhead should use a different exit point such as the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead or Onion Valley. Hikers that have vehicles up at Whitney Portal should plan on another exit point. The car retrieval scheduled for today has been cancelled due to the increased fire activity and the risks to public and firefighter safety. 

For current updates please visit one of the folowing: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/inyo/news-events or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/ 

 

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

The Kern River Ranger District Visitor’s Center is open Wednesday through Saturday 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 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 Enters Fire Restrictions

The Sequoia National Forest will enact fire restrictions prohibiting campfires, welding, or smoking on all public lands managed by the Forest below 5,000 feet including developed or non-developed campsites. Campfires will only be allowed above 5,000 feet in developed campgrounds managed by the Forest Service or concessionaire, California Land Management.

View the Forest Order at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sequoia/notices/?cid=FSEPRD539396.

Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions. However, portable stoves with a shut-off valve that uses pressurized gas, liquid fuel, or propane are allowed with a valid California campfire permit.  Free campfire permits are available at www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/.

The forest is continuing to experience tree mortality, affecting approximately 600,000 acres of forest land. “These conditions coupled with low precipitation resulted in a heavy fuel load,” said Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson. “The restrictions are deemed necessary to protect public safety and prevent human-caused wildfires.”

Human-caused fires can be prevented. One less spark can mean one less wildfire. Do your part to prevent wildfires. To learn more, visit www.preventwildfireca.org/one-less-spark-one-less-wildfire

 

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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