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    Sequoia National Forest Officials Issue Fire Restrictions

    Hume Lake, Kern River and Western Divide Ranger Districts now under fire restrictions.


    Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented on the Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument beginning Friday, July 28, 2017 until further notice. These restrictions are deemed necessary to protect public safety and prevent human-caused wildfires.

    Camping restrictions issued for Jennie Lakes Wilderness

    The summer recreation season is in full swing with Jennie Lakes Wilderness, on the Hume Lake Ranger District, experiencing exceptionally high use.

    To protect the ecosystems’ of this popular destination site, Sequoia National Forest officials are prohibiting camping within 100 feet of the shorelines of Jennie Lake and Weaver Lake in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, effective Friday, July 28, 2017, to Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

    Glass containers banned along portions of the Tule River

    Glass containers prohibited along sections of the Tule River since 2007

    Sequoia National Forest officials issue a Forest Order to prohibit glass containers along sections of the Tule River to protect the health and safety of Forest visitors, effective Friday, July 28, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017.

    Roads and Trails

    Opening slowly as the winter’s storms have left their mark

    Kernville, Ca.  June 26, 2019The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest announces partial openings of road systems across the Kern Plateau. Later season openings are due to the welcomed wet winter.

    Cherry Hill Road: Open to Horse Meadow Campground, Big Meadow, Pine Flat and Cannell Meadow. Be cautious of fallen trees and portions of trees extending into the roadway.

    Sherman Pass Road (#22S05): OPEN All the way across – west above Kernville through Kennedy Meadows and Hwy 395 to the east.

    Blackrock Trailhead: Open – NO WATER.

    Smith and Powell Roads: Open

    Monache Meadows: CLOSED

    Osa Meadow: Open

    Beach Meadow: Open

    Mahogany: CLOSED– active spring in the middle of the road.

    Be advised some roads and trails have many trees down and are too wet for travel. Road and trail work has started on the district – information changes daily. 

    Please call the Kernville Ranger District Office, open 7 days a week, (760) 376-3781, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or the Blackrock Ranger Station, open Thursday through Monday, (559) 539-2607 #2276, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    (Forest Highway 90 from Greenhorn is open to Johnsondale and Posey).