Sequoia National Park Battles 2 Fire Threats

The Giant Sequoia National Monument is a place where visitors can be awed by the largest living things on earth, giant sequoias. The monument’s towering trees are now threatened with two fires burning in the region.

Three firefighters were injured yesterday by the Rush Fire, which is now covering over 34 acres in Tulare County. Officials are working to extinguish the fire, but are facing steep and rugged terrain that has challenged their efforts. The fire started on Friday morning, August 22nd.

The other blaze is the Stoll Fire near Springville in Tulare County. The Stoll Fire has burned over 1500 acres and is only 10% contained as of this morning, August 26th.

CalFire officials have been working with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management,and local agencies to combat both fires. About 18 firefighters from Santa Barbara County have been sent up north to help fight the flames. The fires have closed down part of Highway 190, which is the main route to Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park.

The US Forest Service has recommended that people avoid traveling on roads in the area due to heavy smoke and firefighting operations.

As of this report, no homes or businesses have been destroyed by the fires, but residents have been urged to prepare for evacuation.

Both blazes are burning in steep and rugged terrain that has made containment difficult. In addition, hot weather conditions have inhibited efforts to control the flames over the weekend. Forecasted thunderstorms may bring some relief on Tuesday and allow firefighters to make more progress against these wildfires.

The Giant Sequoia National Monument is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at an elevation between 1000 and 3000 feet. The monument encompasses 328,315 acres of land that includes over 50 groves of giant sequoias. Most of these trees are over 2000 years old with some specimens reaching up to 2700 years old. Visitors enjoy hiking along trails and through groves of these ancient giants that can live up to 4700 years. The Giant Sequoia National Monument is the first national monument designated for protecting and preserving giant sequoias.

About 90% of the land within the boundaries of this monument is privately-owned, so it’s important to remember that camping and fires are only allowed at designated campsites. Campers are not allowed to collect any forest products, including plants, animals, rocks and minerals.

The monument is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 50 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park. It’s within 100 miles of dozens of other popular national parks that include Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite.

The monument is a major destination for visitors in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but there are many other amazing things to see within a short drive from this region. For example, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Death Valley National Park are all within 200 miles of Giant Sequoia National Monument.

For more information about attractions and outdoor activities in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, visit this page .

The best time of year to see giant sequoias is during the spring when the trees are covered with leaves. The mild summer temperatures allow visitors to hike through forests without breaking a sweat. However, fall and winter can also be good times to visit with fewer crowds and warmer weather.

Even though the monument is located along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, snow can be expected at high elevations between November and May. Some roads may be closed during snowy conditions and temperatures can drop below freezing at night between December and March. Spring and fall months tend to be mild with warm days and cool nights.

As mentioned earlier, visitors are not allowed to collect any forest products within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. People who are caught removing firewood or other items from this monument can be fined up to $5000 and may be sentenced to prison.