Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News ReleaseFor Immediate Release Reference Number: 8550-1523Contact: Mike Theune, Fire Information and Education SpecialistPhone Number: (559) 565-3703E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook.com/SequoiaKingsNPSTwitter: @SequoiaKingsNPS
Status of Cedar Grove for Public Visitation Due to the Rough Fire
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 3, 2015– The Rough Fire had a huge impacton Kings Canyon National Park this summer. Because of the impacts of the fire Cedar Grove and the road to it,California Highway 180, have been closed to public entry for many weeks now.
We know that Cedar Grove is a very popular destination for people from all over the world. Unfortunately rock fallis common along the roadway due to unstable cliff faces, active fire is still on the ridges above Cedar Grove, and firecrews are still working in the area. In the face of these hazards and in the interest of public and staff safety, theclosure will remain in place until further notice.
Currently park managers are working with fire staff, local and state government agencies, and other stakeholders tomake assessments of the area. This includes a specialized fire response group known as a BAER (Burned AreaEmergency Response) Team which looks at short-term and long-term effects the fire had on the ecosystem andinfrastructure.
The hope is that Cedar Grove will be open for normal operations in 2016; this as Sequoia and Kings CanyonNational Parks join the 406 other National Park Service units across the world in celebrating our 100th anniversary.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Fire Management Program
For over forty years, our mission has been to use the full range of options and strategies available to manage fire inthe parks. This includes protecting park resources, employees, and the public from unwanted fire; building andmaintaining fire resilient ecosystems; reducing the threat to local communities from wildfires emanating from theparks or adjacent lands; and recruiting, training, and retaining a professional fire management workforce.