SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — An evacuation warning was issued Wednesday afternoon for Silver City and Mineral King, located inside Sequoia National Park, due to the SQF Complex Fire, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.
The warning, or voluntary evacuation, means that community members should prepare now to evacuate, said spokeswoman Tammie Weyker-Adkins.
Silver City and Mineral King lie in the southern portion of Sequoia National Park, east of Three Rivers. The park closed to visitors on Monday.
The SQF Complex Fire, consisting of the larger Castle Fire and the smaller Shotgun Fire, has scorched a total of 114,320 acres and is 12% contained as of Wednesday morning.
The blaze began on Aug. 19 from lightning.
Current road closures are as follows:
- Highway 190 at Balch Park
- Balch Park & Bear Creek
- Balch Park & Yokohl
- Mountain 50 & 107
- Mountain 99 & Sherman Pass, Sherman Pass & Cherry
- Cherokee Oaks off Highway 198
Evacuation orders are in place for the following communities:
- Pyles Camp
- Sequoia Crest
- Alpine Village
- Redwood Drive
- Lloyd Meadows
- Cedar Slope
- Camp Nelson
- Rogers Camp
- Mountain Aire
- Doyle Springs
- Mountain Home
- Coy Flat
Evacuation warnings are also in place at Balch Park to Three Rivers along South Fork.
Temporary evacuation points have been established at:
- Porterville: Porterville Community College, 100 E. College Ave. Porterville, CA. (831) 220-4477
- Exeter: Exeter Memorial building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. Exeter, CA. (831) 220-4477
Animal evacuation points:
Small animal: Tulare County Animal Shelter, 14131 Ave 256 Visalia, CA (559) 636-4050
South County – Porterville Fairgrounds, 2400 Teapot Dome Ave. Porterville, CA.
North County – Woodlake Rodeo grounds, 19400 Ave 398 Woodlake, CA. (Livestock)
A total of 1,001 personnel, consisting of 70 engines, 27 water tenders, 15 helicopters, 14 hand crews, 11 dozers and 19 other units are on the fire lines.