Campsites being closed in forest

PORTERVILLE, Calif. - Campers in designated campgrounds in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia Monument are being asked to leave as thefederal government shutdown continues.

Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott
 said Wednesday that all campgrounds in the forest are being shut because of a lack of personnel to maintain and manage them.

While the roads into the forest remain open, the forest headquarters in Porterville and all three ranger offices are closed.

The SNF furloughed
 95 employees on Tuesday, the first day of the shutdown caused when Congress and the president could not agree on a funding resolution for the federal government.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are also asking campers to leave and the park has been shut to visitors. SNF
 is open to visitors, but services are very limited.

Elliott said firefighters and essential personnel were not furlough. Roughly 166 employees of the local forest remain on the job.

Operations continue as usual at Success Lake, another federal facility.

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