At approximately 1:30 pm on April 4, 2015, a wildfire was reported east of Potwisha Campground and between the Kaweah River and the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park (3.5 miles from the Ash Mountain entrance station; 2,300 feet elevation). Within 45 minutes, the fire grew to over 7 acres in size.
As of 6:00 pm, after the fire was reassessed, it was holding at approximately 20 acres and is 40 percent contained. Crews from the National Park Service are on scene and being assisted by Cal Fire both with engines and aircraft.
Evacuations have taken place in both Buckeye and Potwisha campgrounds, Potwisha overflow parking lot, and the Hospital Rock picnic area. Trails in the area are closed.
At this time, Generals Highway between the Foothills Visitor Center in Ash Mountain and the Giant Forest Museum in the Giant Forest is closed. For Easter visitors, the highway is expected to be reopened by the morning.
For road information, call (559) 565-3341.
UPDATE – Sunday, April 5, 2015:
As of 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, the wildland fire was declared 100 percent contained. It has been determined to be a human-caused fire that began in the vicinity of the area. The precise cause is still under investigation. The Generals Highway reopened by Sunday morning, as did all campgrounds, day-use areas, and trails.