Sequoia-Kings Canyon weekly incidents: Slow week for mountain emergencies (and that's a good thing)

Slow week for mountain
September 19 is the last day of the permit quota system for backcountry users in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks.


Grant Grove
8/18/2020: A ranger took a report of an overdue depressed individual possibly in the Kings Canyon or Hume areas, contacted the reporting party, and gathered information for a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) release. The individual contacted family that they were safe before the BOLO was issued.
8/19/2020: Rangers responded to a report of a downed tree on the Generals Highway near the Wye and provided traffic control, temporarily closing one lane, while roads units cleared the tree.
8/20/2020: A ranger responded to a US Forest Service request for assistance with an out-of-bounds camper with an illegal campfire near Pythian Camp. Slow week for mountain
Cedar Grove
8/18/2020: Cedar Grove rangers completed BOLO response/sweeps in Cedar and Grant areas regarding a possible individual in distress. CHP transfer.
8/21/2020 – Rangers assisted a 72-year-old male with overall fatigue from Mist Falls to Roads End. The patient self-transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Fire and Aviation Management Branch Slow week for mountain
Significant lightning activity has increased the likelihood of fires in the parks, currently one new fire has been found: Moraine Fire.
Wilderness Branch Slow week for mountain
The wilderness office is receiving about 30-40 wilderness permit reservation requests each day. Processing time is averaging 2 days. Availability is being updated once or twice a week on the website to reduce applications for dates and trailheads with full quotas. The last day of permit quota season is September 19, with the last day accepting reservations September 5. Slow week for mountain

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