Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks All Closing Due To Hazardous Air
TLBBHMAP3-U010ALB5ANM-348f959abae2-512-300x300-1
By Jim Jakobs, Digital Producer
Published 4 years ago on
September 18, 2020

Share

Yosemite is the latest national park to close over smoke impacts and hazardous air quality. The iconic park joins Sequoia and Kings Canyon on the list of recreation spots that have shut their gates in recent days.

The Forest Service had already announced the extension a temporary closure of all eighteen national forests in California back on September 9th due to historic fire conditions throughout the state. Decisions on re-opening will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change, the agency said.

As of 2 p.m. the air quality index at the Yosemite Village Visitor Center stood at 785 on the ‘Air Now‘ government website. That’s considered ‘hazardous’.

Yosemite National Park

In a news release, Yosemite National Park says all park entrance stations and roads were closed effective at 5:00 pm on Thursday.

With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least throughout the weekend.

The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region.

Kings Canyon National Park

“The only thing that will be open will be the Highway 180 corridor and a portion of Highway 198 for local traffic only.”Kings Canyon National Park Sintia Kawasaki-Yee

Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, with Kings Canyon National Park, told GV Wire℠ by phone that at 5 p.m. on Thursday all facilities, parking lots and the park entrance will close. “The only thing that will be open will be the Highway 180 corridor and a portion of Highway 198 for local traffic only,” Kawasaki-Yee said.

With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least through the weekend.

The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Kings Canyon National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park implemented a full park closure on September 15 in response to the nearby Castle Fire. Many park staff have been evacuated from the area and for visitor and resource protection, park managers decided to close Sequoia.

“With Mineral King, Three Rivers, and the park headquarters under an evacuation notice, staff is focused on preparing to evacuate,” Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor said in an online statement. “To ensure any pending evacuation goes as smoothly as possible we are closing Sequoia to visitors.”

DON'T MISS

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

DON'T MISS

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

DON'T MISS

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

DON'T MISS

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

DON'T MISS

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

DON'T MISS

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

DON'T MISS

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

DON'T MISS

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

DON'T MISS

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

DON'T MISS

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

UP NEXT

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

UP NEXT

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

UP NEXT

Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

UP NEXT

California Court to Decide on Transgender Ballot Measure Wording

UP NEXT

Rare House Vote Sees Ukraine, Israel Aid Advance as Democrats Join Republicans

UP NEXT

Full Jury and 6 Alternates Seated in Trump’s Hush Money Trial

UP NEXT

Finding an Apartment May Be Easier for California Pet Owners Under New Legislation

UP NEXT

Abandoned Pup LB Finds Hope and Healing. He’s Available for Adoption at Mell’s Mutts.

UP NEXT

Who Owns Businesses in California? A Lawmaker Wants the Public to Know

UP NEXT

$11M State Grant Will Help Fresno’s Emergency Shelter Beds, Mental Health Services

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

1 day ago

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

1 day ago

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

1 day ago

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

2 days ago

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

2 days ago

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

2 days ago

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

2 days ago

‘This Is How to Improve Reading Proficiency. We Just Have To Execute It’: FUSD Board President

2 days ago

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

2 days ago

Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

2 days ago

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

Did you know that SNAP EBT benefits used to be called food stamps and that recipients can use those benefits to get healthy food in places o...

7 hours ago

7 hours ago

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

7 hours ago

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

1 day ago

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

1 day ago

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

1 day ago

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

1 day ago

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

2 days ago

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

2 days ago

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend