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Sequoia National Park partially reopening after lighting strike ignited wildfire

In its continued recovery from two fires on Sept. 9 that merged to form the KNP Complex fire, Sequoia National Park is slowly reopening.
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A fire engine drives past sequoia trees in Lost Grove as the KNP Complex Fire burns about 15 miles away on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Sequoia National Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Fire-scarred Sequoia National Park will partially reopen on Thursday.

The reopening will be limited to day-use only in part of the Foothills area, including the Foothills Visitor Center, Tunnel rock and some trails.

Access to Giant Forest, Lodgepole and the General Sherman Tree will remain closed.

Sequoia National Park was closed after lightning on Sept. 9 ignited two fires that merged to form the KNP Complex, scorching nearly 138 square miles of forest.

Work to make the park safe is continuing. Adjacent Kings Canyon National Park is largely open, including the Grant Grove of giant sequoias.


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