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The Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon reopens

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The section of the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks opened for the season on Friday, the first time the route has been open since wildfire ripped through the area last fall. The reopening allows visitors to easily travel between the two parks.

Some roads and trails along the freeway may be closed, the National Park Service said, and many national forest roads between Grant Grove and the entrance to northern Sequoia Park remain closed until the snow melts.

Other trails are closed due to the effects of the fire at the KNP complex that burned about 88,300 acres, officials said, including trails in the Redwood Canyon area and most of the national park trails that begin along the highway between Grant Grove and Lodgepole.

The National Park Service said snow is forecast at the level of the sequoia groves and tire chain requirements may be in effect.

As many as 2,380 giant sequoias burned or are expected to die within a few years due to the fire at the KNP complex, which broke out last September as two separate fires that later merged and were fully contained in December. Most of these trees grew in Redwood Mountain Grove.

Another 1,250 trees may have been set ablaze by the Windy Fire, which burned primarily in the Sequoia National Forest to the south. It was triggered during the same thunderstorm that ignited the fire at the KNP complex.

The two fires claimed up to 5% of the world’s population of giant sequoias.

Times Editor Lila Seidman contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-19/generals-highway-between-sequoia-and-kings-canyon-reopens-after-knp-complex-fire The Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon reopens

Dais Johnston

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