Generals Highway reopens between Sequoia, Kings Canyon

Western Wildfires
Posted at 10:44 AM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-18 13:44:43-04

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks has opened to the public for the first time since a major wildfire last year.

The reopening Friday allows travel between the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon and the Giant Forest area of Sequoia. The National Park Service cautions that travelers should carry chains because a storm could bring snow this weekend.

Some road and trail closures along the highway may still be in effect due to impacts of the 2021 KNP Complex Fire. The complex was formed by two fires that merged in September. It was fully contained in December after killing thousands of sequoias.


Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.