Crews battle the Moc Fire near Moccasin Reservoir on Highway 49 and Marshes Flat Road. No giant sequoia trees are currently threatened by the wildfire, officials said. They were sparked by lightning on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. The fire destroyed dozens of homes at the mobile home park with only a handful that remained standing. Sequoia National Park is threatened by the Castle Fire, part of the SQF Complex of fires ignited by lightning in the Sierra National Forest. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. The fire has destroyed 150 structures and threatens more than 3,400 others. The Carmel fire is growing, and we visually confirmed that at least five homes have been consumed by the fire on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The Castle Fire is growing in the steep and rocky terrain of the Golden Trout Wilderness after it was discovered Wednesday morning. A full closure has been ordered for 6 a.m. on September 15th in response to the Castle Fire burning on the Sequoia (SQF) Complex. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP), The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger), A property is ravaged by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), Civilian volunteers Brian Alvarez, left, and Nate Bramwell fight the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), A home burns as the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire passes by, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Ben Lomond, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), A home is burned to the ground by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Ben Lomond, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). Air crews acted to quickly to drop fire retardant and prevent the fire from spreading off the ridge. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes. Solano County Community Animal Response Team volunteers Marshall Zavat, right, and Steve Hardin comfort a llama injured during the LNU Lightning Complex fires on Friday. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes. As of 7 p.m., Cal Fire reports the Carmel Fire has scorched 1,200 acres. New Incident: #CastleFire east of Giant Sequoia National Monument in Tulare County is 200 acres. But, the fire's remoteness is a challenge of its own for firefighters. The River Fire destroyed nearly 3,000 acres and threatened 1,500 structures in Salinas, Calif., on Aug. 16, 2020 after an early morning lightning storm. Kings Canyon National Park, immediately to the north of Sequoia, remains open. Flames are now spreading northeas toward Little Kern River. Burning since Aug. 19, the complex has scorched nearly 192 square miles (497 square kilometers) of forest and was just 12% contained on Thursday. Campground reservations are being canceled and refunded. The August Complex on Monday, Aug. 17: This cluster of 20+ fires burning in the Mendocino National Forest range from .10 acre to 1,400 acres. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), A firefighter hoses down hot spots caused by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), Charred vehicles are left behind after the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire passed through on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). The fire has destroyed 150 structures and threatens more than 3,400 others. This article originally appeared on Visalia Times-Delta: 400-acre Castle Fire erupts near Giant Sequoia National Monument, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Kentucky family loses 3 members to Covid-19 in weeks before Christmas, US opens 'virtual' presence in Western Sahara ahead of consulate, A firefighter rubs his head while watching the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. The blaze forced thousands to flee and destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures. Get alerts and keep up on all things Tulare County for as little as $1 a month. As of 7 p.m., Cal Fire reports the Carmel Fire has scorched 1,200 acres. SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Following the lifting of evacuation orders relating to the SQF Complex fire, Sequoia National Park will reopen this week. TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The SQF Complex Fire continues to burn through the Sequoia National Forest on Thursday as officials release a … (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP), Firefighters watch flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires approach a home in the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California’s Sequoia National Park has been fully closed due to a nearby wildfire in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. The second blaze is located within the burn scar of the 2017 Lion Fire and is just 3 acres. The fires, burning in Trinity County east of Willow Creek, were ignited by lightning on July 27, 2020. Sequoia National Park will close at 6 a.m. Tuesday due to the Castle Fire on the SQF Complex. A wildfire complex south and west of Sequoia National Park forced closure on Monday of a section of the Generals Highway in the park.. The fire spared Koleckar's home. The Rattlesnake Fire was burning in the same wilderness area and was being monitored by air. As fires rage throughout California, Monterey County deals with three wildfires. Both fires are naturally caused lightning strikes. The closed area is focused on the Kern River Canyon. Hanson, who built the house thirty years ago, does not think he will rebuild. Current Fires - Sequoia & Kings ... - National Park Service The section running from Highway 198 in Three Rivers, through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station, to the Giant Forest Museum closed at 6 a.m. local time Monday. The Red Salmon Complex on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Kings Canyon National Park remains open but air quality is … (AP Photo/Noah Berger). (AP Photo/Noah Berger), Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. About the same time, a … Posted by CAL FIRE on Friday, August 21, 2020. A plume billows over Healdsburg, Calif., as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn on Thursday. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service - Sequoia National Park) Sequoia National Park will be shutting down while a major wildfire continues to burn within the park. "With most fire personnel assigned to other fires throughout California, the forest is prioritizing firefighting resources to protect life first, then property and infrastructure," Embrey said. A fire cloud dwarfs a tanker en route Monday, August 24, 2020 for a drop on the Castle Fire. The blaze forced thousands to flee and destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures. The Carmel fire is growing, and we visually confirmed at that least five homes that have been consumed by the fire on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. To the north, Yosemite National Park was also closed Thursday due to significant smoke impacts from wildfires. Firefighters are making the best of limited resources to keep the flames at bay, she said. Advertisement Kings Canyon National Park, immediately to the north of Sequoia, remains open. Fire officials say the flames still threaten structures. As of 7 p.m., Cal Fire reports the fire has scorched 1,200 acres. Heather Cordes photographs a plume billowing over Healdsburg as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn. The quickly spreading fire engulfed 2,800 acres threatening Groveland, Big Oak Flat, Moccasin and Coulterville. As of 7 p.m., Cal Fire reports the Carmel Fire has scorched 1,200 acres. It will remain unstaffed until resources become available to put it out. The Carmel fire is growing, and we visually confirmed at that least five homes that have been consumed by the fire on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Air crews also spotted a second fire on Friday, where Pistol Creek and Shotgun Creek converge, deep in the Tulare County wilderness. SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 9, 2020 – Two fires are being monitored in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks within the designated wilderness. (AP Photo/Nic Coury), A structure is damaged by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), Scorched homes and vehicles fill Spanish Flat Mobile Villa following the LNU Lightning Complex fires in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Sequoia National Park is threatened by the Castle Fire, part of the SQF Complex of fires ignited by lightning in the Sierra National Forest. The fires were ignited by lightning in Trinity County on July 27, 2020. The fire and smoke are evident south of Olancha, Calif. where it can be seen southwest of … A majority of the fire is burning in the Sequoia National Forest but flames have also spread into the Inyo National Forest. About 150 firefighters from the United States Forest Service and other agencies are working to contain the blaze. Helicopters drop water onto a brush fire in the Holser Canyon area near Lake Piru on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. SQF Complex Fire shuts down Sequoia National Park. Smoke settles in as firefighters secure the fireline at the Red Salmon Complex on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Moraine Fire was located within the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, southeast of Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, and was 65 percent contained. Thomas Henney, right, and Charles Chavira watch a plume spread over Healdsburg, Calif., as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. The pandemic caused the … Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. How curators transferred Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks’ archives to escape wildfires December 23, 2020 8.40am EST Emily Lin , University of California, Merced Sequoia National Park, home to its giant namesake trees, is threatened by the Castle Fire, part of the SQF Complex of fires ignited by lightning in the Sierra National Forest. The SQF Complex Fire is burning in the Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County and is working its way up the mountains into the Inyo National Forest in southern Inyo County. The Generals Highway, the main road through the parks, is open allowing visitors access to the giant sequoias in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Update 8:25 p.m. Sunday: Officials announced the partial closure of Sequoia National Park as the Sequoia Complex Fire threatens Three Rivers, a gateway city to the park. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. A forest burns as the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire advances in Bonny Doon. (AP Photo/Noah Berger), Hank Hanson, 81, gestures to the kitchen of his home, destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fires, in Vacaville, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Kings Canyon National Park, immediately to the north of Sequoia, remains open. Crews are battling a 400-acre wildfire in Sequoia National Forest, just east of the Giant Sequoia National Monument in Tulare County. Sequoia National Park will close at 6 a.m. Tuesday due to the Castle Fire … The action this week came after the park headquarters and the community of Three Rivers at the park’s southern entrance were put on evacuation notice, according to a statement. Emergency closures of Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern Trailheads are in place. As of 8 p.m., Cal Fire reports the fire has scorched 1,200 acres. Sequoia National Park, home to its giant namesake trees, is threatened by the Castle Fire, part of the SQF Complex of fires ignited by lightning in the Sierra National Forest. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Sequoia National Park reopened to visitors on Thursday, after the park's second temporary closure of the year. Follow him on Twitter @VTD_Joshy. Joshua Yeager covers water, agriculture, parks and housing for the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register newspapers. They were sparked by lightning on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger), A burned out vintage Ford Mustang in the Pineridge neighborhood of the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif., is seen, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, where the CZU August Lightning Complex fire has grown. The August Complex on Wednesday Aug. 19: This cluster of 20+ fires burning in the Mendocino National Forest range from .10 acre to 1,400 acres. As of 7 p.m., Cal Fire reports the fire has scorched 1,200 acres. Sequoia National Park closed due to California wildfire September 17, 2020 SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California’s Sequoia National Park has been fully closed due to a nearby wildfire in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. James Bronson, looks at the line of fire that he and his crew need to contain on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Vegetation smolders and trees burn along the South Yuba River canyon from the Jones Fire, early Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, near Grass Valley, Calif. (Eliaz Funez/The Union via AP), A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighter initiates a backburn down the Yuba River Canyon toward the flames of the Jones Fire, Tuesday morning, Aug. 18, 2020, near Grass Valley, Calif. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP). Two fires were burning in Sequoia: The 990-acre Rattlesnake Fire, and the 550-acre Moraine Fire. Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Due to area wildfires, parts of the southern Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness in Sequoia National Park are closed. Officials believe lightning is to blame for the remote blaze that has sent smoke down the mountain into Springville, Porterville and the Valley floor. Sequoia National Park on Monday closed the Generals Highway from Highway 198 in Three Rivers to the Giant Forest Museum due to the fire, … A woman examines the remains of her partner's Vacaville home on Friday after the residence burned as the LNU Lightning Complex fires ripped through the area. Officials are concerned by continuing hot and dry conditions, as well as thunderstorms forecast across the mountains this weekend. Sequoia National Park, home to its giant namesake trees, is threatened by the Castle Fire, part of the SQF Complex of fires ignited by lightning in the Sierra National Forest. The blaze forced thousands to flee and destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. CAL FIRE Tulare Unit. Sequoia National Park closed earlier this week due to a growing wildfire in the adjacent Sequoia National Forest. A plume billows over Healdsburg as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn. A forest burns as the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire advances, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), Th fence of a home is burned by the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, near Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), A CalFire crew from Coulterville takes a break while fighting the River Fire near Salinas, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. The Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan requires protection, preservation, and restoration of giant sequoias through management activities. With hundreds of thousands of acres now burning across California, the Castle Fire remains a lower priority for now. The Rattlesnake Fire was discovered on August 16 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. An Incident Management Team has been ordered for the Castle Fire and is expected to arrive over the next few days. "This fire is burning in extremely rough, inaccessible terrain," said Alicia Embrey, Sequoia National Forest spokeswoman. Bill Nichols, 84, works to save his home off 77 years as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Vacaville. The U.S. Forest Service partners with Tule River Indian Tribe, National Park Service, Save the Redwoods League, and Cal Fire on best management activities. Learn more about the role fire plays in giant sequoia groves. (AP Photo/Nic Coury), A firefighter walks past a burning home as the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire causes damage to property on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez), Peter Koleckar walks around a burned down home in his neighborhood after the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire passed through on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Bonny Doon, Calif. 400-acre Castle Fire erupts near Giant Sequoia National Monument, Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away, This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021, New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day. “To ensure any pending evacuation goes as smoothly as possible we are closing the park to visitors,” Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor said. September 10, 2020 - SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. – Two fires are being monitored in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks within the designated wilderness. The blaze went on to destroy multiple homes near Lake Berryessa. Firefighters handfire the area to secure the fireline. Sequoia and Kings Canyon App The official Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks … It started within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness in the Kern River drainage and is now only actively burning just into the Inyo National Forest, east of the Kern River Ranger Station. Sequoia National Park is threatened by the Castle Fire, part of the SQF Complex of fires ignited by lightning in the Sierra National Forest. Burning since Aug. 19, the complex has scorched nearly 192 square miles and is just 12% contained Thursday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger), Firefighters protect a home in the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif., as the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. The northern most point of the fire near Sequoia National Park … "This fire is burning in extremely rough, inaccessible terrain," said Alicia Embrey, Sequoia National Forest spokeswoman. Six handcrews were dispatched to the Castle Fire on Thursday, but the firefighters were unable to stop the spread of the flames because of the challenging terrain, wind patterns and harsh conditions. “Crews continued to prep from Lions Meadow toward Beach Meadows and are working to box in this finger of the fire. Additionally, fire-related closures in Sequoia National Park from this year’s Castle Fire and Rattlesnake Fire are still in place. Burning since Aug. 19, the complex has scorched nearly 192 square miles (497 square kilometers) of forest and was just 12% contained on Thursday. Firefighter James Bronson, works on hardline construction on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Officials say there is hazardous air quality throughout Yosemite and the park won’t reopen until it is safe. In a news release sent Monday night, the National Park Service said all entrances to … In 2017, fire swept through the Black Mountain Grove in Sequoia National Forest, killing nearly a third of the 183 old-growth sequoias that were surveyed. 3 months ago. Residents of Pine Canyon Road, Parker Road, Laurel Lane and Trimble Hill Lane have been ordered to evacuate their homes due to threat of the growing fire, which has only been contained 10% by firefighters. Jason Bronson works on hardline construction on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Further east, fire crews continued work where the fire had pushed out on Monday towards Beach Meadows. Both fires … Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Subscribe today.