U.S. Forest Service PORTERVILLE, Ca –
As intense winter storms continue to batter California, Sequoia National Forest officials remind the public to plan before visiting the Forest. There is a heightened risk of floods, landslides, debris flows from recent fires, snow-covered and slippery roads, trail washouts, and other hazards. Please travel with caution when visiting the Forest and be prepared for damage-related travel delays, detours, and road closures. Forest roads are being assessed for safety concerns as soon as possible.
Forest Snow Play. If you visit and stop at a turnout along the highway for snow play, be sure your vehicle is parked entirely off the roadway. Watch your children carefully to be sure they do not play in the road or sled into the roadway.
Forest officials strongly encourage visitors to take the appropriate steps to ensure personal safety in the event you or your party become lost or stranded, including contacting the District Ranger Station for closure information and Check Caltrans for current conditions. (https://roads.dot.ca.gov/)Check local weather developments at the US National Weather Service (weather.gov), bring a map of the area with you, and know how to read it. Check your tires and windshield wiper blades and ensure your vehicle has a full tank or is fully charged. If you’re visiting high elevation, bring tire chains and be prepared for black ice triggering slippery conditions. Bring extra dry clothes, a warm jacket and hat, gloves, and appropriate footwear. Pack extra food and water, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and a shovel. Leave your itinerary and expected time of return with a family member or friend. Stay calm and get out of the elements when possible if you become lost or injured. Stay put! Do not wander. Searchers have a better chance of finding you faster if you remain near your planned route. Remember that while cell phones are helpful, cell coverage is spotty or unavailable in many areas of the Forest. Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use; Recreate Responsibly!
With significant rain and snowfall, the public is encouraged to drive slowly and carefully, always stay on the road, and be aware of oncoming traffic when visibility is low. Vehicles should never park in areas that block roads or driveways.
Visit the Forest website at Sequoia National Forest – Home (usda.gov) or contact a District Ranger Station, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm for conditions