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Rattlesnake Fire

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

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Updated Southern Sequoia NP Closure Order

Rattlesnake Fire Wildfire
Closures – 11/2/2020

2.A.1. (8557 – Temporary Fire Area Closure)

Determination to Change

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Regulations

Consistent with applicable legislation and Federal administrative policies, and based upon a determination that such action is necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities, the Superintendent makes the following changes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Regulations.

Regulation Change:

The following areas are temporarily closed to all individuals:

·        Lands within Sequoia National Park in the East Fork Kaweah River, South Fork Kaweah River, and Tule River drainages within the following boundary: beginning in T18S R30E Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian at the intersection of the park boundary and the South Fork Kaweah River, north along the park boundary to the East Fork Kaweah River, east along the East Fork Kaweah River to the ridge between the Mineral Lakes and Mosquito Lakes drainages, south to the ridge that defines the north edge of the Horse Creek drainage, southeast to the park boundary, and west along the park boundary to the South Fork Kaweah River, as depicted in the attached map.

·        Lands within Sequoia National Park in the Kern River drainage within the following boundary: beginning in T18S R33E Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian at the intersection of the park boundary and the Kern River, west along the park boundary to a point 0.5 miles east of Shotgun Pass, north along a line 0.5 miles east of the Shotgun Pass and Soda Creek and Big Five and Little Five Lakes trails to the Big Arroyo, northeast to the 11,200 ft elevation contour, east along the 11,200 ft contour to Red Spur, east to the 10,400 ft contour, north along the 10,400 ft contour to the ridge south of the Kern-Kaweah River, east to a point

0.5 miles west of the Pacific Crest Trail, south along a line 0.5 miles west of the Pacific Crest Trail to the park boundary, and southwest along the park boundary to the Kern River, as depicted in the attached map.


EXCEPTIONS: This regulation shall not apply to the following:

·        Firefighters and overhead personnel assigned to the Rattlesnake Fire, SQF Complex, or any fires that directly impact or threaten resources or occupants.

·          Government workers performing essential functions when authorized by chain of command.

·          Other individuals approved by the Incident Commander.

Previous regulations affected by this change:

This closure rescinds and replaces the area closure of lands within the exterior boundary of Sequoia National Parks in the Kaweah, Tule, and Kern River drainages enacted September 30, 2020.

Reasons for change:

The SQF Complex Fire has been checked to the north and no longer poses an imminent threat to the Mineral King valley or the Middle Fork Kaweah River drainage. The Rattlesnake Fire growth has been checked to the north and east and slowed to the south and west. Hazardous conditions persist within and around the fires, including open flames and smoldering fuels, rolling rocks and logs, tree hazards, and firefighting activities.

Effective Dates:

The temporary closure will be effective from November 2, 2020 at 0001 hours until the fire activity has subsided to a point at which there is minimal risk to the public, as determined by the Incident Commander.

Authority for adoption:

Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR, Part 1.5

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