Tulare County sheriff removes evacuation orders for Sequoia wildfire as containment increases

By Jim Guy

FRESNO, Calif. — The Tulure County sheriff Wednesday called off all evacuation orders and warnings for the Windy fire, as cooler weather and firefighting efforts increased containment for both wildfires burning in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

The Windy fire, burning near Camp Nelson, was reported to be 88% contained after burning 97,554 acres.

The KNP Complex Fire, which was endangering groves of giant sequoias, was reported 40% contained, having consumed 87,786 acres.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park remains closed.

The sheriff said all evacuation orders were to be lifted Wednesday afternoon.

The order is in effect for the communities of Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Upper and Lower Peppermint, Camp Whitsett, R Ranch, Johnsondale, Sugerloaf, Sugarloaf Sawmill, Sugarloaf Mountain Park, Ponderosa, Idlewild, Balance Rock, Poso Park, Quaking Aspen, Camp Nelson, Pierpoint, Coy Flat, Cedar Slope, Alpine Village, Sequoia Crest, McNally's, California Hot Springs, Posey, Panoramic Heights and Gold Ledge.

However, the national forest in the area remains closed because of the continuing fire threat. Roadblocks will remain at M107 at Aspen, M99 at Lloyd Meadow, and M50 at Parker Meadow.

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