Though firefighters were making some progress against the nearly 100,000-acre Rough Fire in California, the blaze was bearing down on Kings Canyon National Park, leading to a shutdown of all park campgrounds and a warning to remaining visitors, area residents, and employees in and near Grant Grove that they might need to evacuate.
Kings Canyon National Park
A wildfire burning in the Sierra National Forest in California led Friday to closure of facilities and campgrounds in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park.
A campfire ban was implemented in parts of Olympic National Park on Thursday, while other national parks in parts of the West were reminding visitors that it's illegal to use fireworks within their boundaries as hot, dry weather continues to push fire danger higher and higher.
A record low snowpack and a drought that's run four years are prompting Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to implement campfire restrictions later this month as fire danger currently is at levels not normally seen in June, according to park officials.
With year's end quickly approaching, don't let it pass by without making the annual "Trek to the Tree" at Kings Canyon National Park to watch as rangers lay a wreath at the bottom of the Nation's Christmas Tree.
Wilderness travelers are weighing in on the draft Wilderness Management Plan crafted for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and the varied desires likely will prove tough for park staff to accommodate to anyone's satisfaction.
By now, it's getting a bit late to be hiking the entire John Muir Trail. In fact, you should be nearing the end of your trek. But if you've wondered about taking on that long-distance walk, there's a good book you should read.
Fall is a season of transition in the National Park System, from long, hot days with crowded roads and trails, to cooler, crisper weather that beckons you to make a few more trips before winter sets in. Here is the third of four suggestions to jump on now, or to add to your to-do list.
A 13-year-old California boy who got separated from his group in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park has been found and was to be brought out today.
Searches were under way Monday afternoon for missing hikers in both Rocky Mountain and Kings Canyon national parks.