Sequoia National Park closes Generals Highway

Starting Monday, September 14, the Generals Highway will be closed from the Ash Mountain Entrance Station to the Giant Forest Museum while the Sequoia Complex fire burns its western quadrant. (National Park Service photo)

Sequoia National Park closed the Generals Highway from Highway 198 in Three Rivers to the Giant Forest Museum at 6 a.m. on Monday, September 14, 2020. The partial park closure is in response to the SQF Complex fire currently burning south and west of the park.
Public access to Mineral King Road is also closed at the gate located 10 miles from Highway 198.
Generals Highway beginning in the gateway community of Three Rivers, through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station to the Giant Forest Museum will be closed through the duration of fire activity in this region. Visitors will be able to access Sequoia National Park through the Big Stump Entrance Station (Kings Canyon National Park) on Highway 180.
“Our number one priority is public and employee safety,” said Lee Taylor, acting superintendent of the parks. “With this partial park closure, it is our intention to reduce possible evacuation complexity of the Three Rivers community by reducing the amount of visitors in the area.”
In the closure of this section of Generals Highway, Potwisha Campground is also closed and all reservations will be cancelled and refunded. The Giant Forest, including General Sherman Tree remains open to the public but Crescent Meadow Road, which includes Tunnel Log, Tharp’s Log, and Moro Rock, is closed.
Park managers will reassess daily and additional closures may be implemented.

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