Fire Restrictions Coming to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national park officials are implementing fire restrictions with hopes of preventing scenes such as this. NPS photo.

In light of the wildfires sweeping California, it was only a matter of time before fire restrictions started popping up in national parks in the state. So it should be no surprise that officials at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks are implementing some restrictions.

Due to the high fire danger, the following restrictions will be implemented at the two parks beginning this Friday, July 11:

* No wood or barbecue fires are permitted below 6,000 feet, except in designated campgrounds. This includes Ash Mountain Picnic Area, Hospital Rock Picnic Area and backcountry travel below 6,000 feet. Gas or propane stoves may be used at all elevations.

* No smoking below 6,000 feet is permitted, except within a developed area, a campground, an enclosed vehicle, or a building where smoking is allowed.