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Wilsonia Times: The Official Newsletter of Wilsonia Village Inc.
Volume 21 - SPECIAL EDITION - September 18, 2021
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Evacuation Warning for Wilsonia Coming Soon

The NPS has notified us that an evacuation warning for Wilsonia and Grant Grove is imminent. They are letting us know that this warning is coming soon so we will have as much time as possible to prepare for a potential evacuation order. 

An evacuation warning means that you should be preparing to leave the area. Evacuation warnings are sometimes, but not always, followed by an evacuation order. If an evacuation order happens, it’s time to leave Wilsonia; we may only get a few hours’ notice between when an evacuation order is announced and when it goes into effect. An evacuation order may never come—we hope not—but the evacuation warning is intended to get us ready to leave if needed.

Access to Wilsonia will remain open during the evacuation warning. Access to Wilsonia would be restricted if an evacuation order goes into effect, as we experienced during the Rough Fire in 2015. The campgrounds in the Grant Grove area will close when the evacuation warning takes effect.

If you’re currently in Wilsonia: Think about what you need to do around your cabin to be prepared to leave, and what things you might want to take from your cabin if an evacuation order goes into effect. If your cabin is your primary residence, consider what you will need to take if you cannot return home for several days, and pack a go bag.

If you’re not in Wilsonia: Consider visiting the village as soon as possible to retrieve items and prepare your cabin for evacuation. Wilsonia will remain open unless the evacuation warning escalates to an evacuation order. If you decide to go to your cabin, be advised that the air quality in Wilsonia is poor, and take precautions such as limiting outdoor exertion and wearing a mask.

For additional info about preparing to evacuate, check out Living With Fire and their evacuation checklist.

We will send another special edition of the Wilsonia Times if Wilsonia is placed under an evacuation order.
The General Sherman tree with protective foil wrapped around the bottom 8-10 feet of its trunk. A sign identifying the tree is visible in the foreground. The air is hazy with smoke.
The General Sherman, the largest tree on Earth, with protective foil wrapped around its base. Photo credit: NPS.
KNP Complex update

KNP Complex Update – September 18, 2021
Acres: 17,857 (based on infrared flight)
Percent Containment: 0%

The KNP Complex, ignited by lightning on the night of September 9, continues to grow in Sequoia National Park. The two fires that comprised the complex, the Paradise Fire and the Colony Fire, merged yesterday, and going forward will be considered a single fire.

Yesterday afternoon, smoke dispersed at the northeast end of the fire, and airflow increased, causing activity to pick up significantly. As of this morning, the fire has reached the vicinity of Red Fir maintenance area, with some spotting further north. Despite little to no relative humidity recovery overnight, fire growth overnight was fairly limited. The fire reached a small area of the Giant Forest yesterday, in the area known as the Four Guardsmen, where trees had been thoroughly prepped in recent days. The General Sherman Tree did not see fire yesterday. Hotshot crews are assessing on the ground this morning to ascertain if conditions are stable enough for more crews to reengage in this area.

By contrast, the southern end of the fire remained under a smoke inversion all day yesterday, with moderate fire behavior. The fire did not grow significantly in the direction of Three Rivers or park headquarters yesterday. Tulare County Fire and CAL FIRE continue to establish dozer lines and reinforce existing containment features, such as the Shepherd Saddle Road, between the community and the current fire footprint. Structure protection is underway in cabin communities along the Mineral King Road, with more resources assigned today to ramp up these efforts.

Winds are expected to pick up in and around the fire area. A red flag warning is in place starting at 5 p.m. today through Sunday. Crews are preparing for changes and possible significant increases in fire activity. There have been no changes to evacuation warnings or orders at this time. Residents currently under evacuation warning are urged to be ready to mobilize and leave should the warning escalate to an evacuation order. Explore a map of the areas under evacuation warning and order, as well as other evacuation resources, at www.tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies.

Sequoia National Park is closed to the public. Kings Canyon National Park remains open, but air quality impacts are significant. Air quality is seriously affected in Three Rivers. Particulate matter readings have been in the “hazardous” range for much of the day. Communities further from the parks are also feeling air quality impacts. Track your local air quality at www.fire.airnow.gov.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area.

Fire Information (NEW): 559-640-7824 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), 
2021.KNP@firenet.gov
InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7838/
Fire restrictions for Wilsonia

This probably goes without saying, but if you're going to be in Wilsonia in the next few days, no fires. Fires are currently prohibited within Sequoia-Kings Canyon, including in Wilsonia. For more details on the restrictions, visit the park’s fire restrictions page.

Additional Information
 
For the latest updates on the KNP complex and other fires, watch the and CalFIRE incidents pages.

To sign up for emergency alerts and to view evacuation information, visit the Tulare County's Office of Emergency Services page.

For information and news from our local National Park and National Forest, visit the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest websites. You can also subscribe to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks fire information email list by texting KNP to 22828, and following the prompts.

The NPS is also frequently updating the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Facebook page and Twitter. They have been livestreaming their periodic community meetings to the Facebook page.


Air quality conditions in Wilsonia are currently poor and may get worse. To monitor air quality in Wilsonia, visit fire.airnow.gov and search for Kings Canyon National Park. There is a sensor set up near the Visitor Center on Hilltop Road that is visible on this map. If you're going to be in Wilsonia in the next few days, take it easy, and limit outdoor exercise. You may also want to wear a mask while outdoors to protect yourself from smoke in the air. Check out this guide from the EPA on what kind of masks to wear for wildfire smoke, and some specialized CDC guidance on dealing with wildfire smoke in the time of COVID.

If you are looking for a tangible way to support our firefighting crews, they have previously appreciated donations to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assists injured firefighters and their families.

Finally, we'll keep updating the Wilsonia Village Facebook page with information relevant to Wilsonia. And if you've missed any issues of the Wilsonia Times, you can catch up at wilsoniatimes.com.

The Wilsonia Times is the official newsletter of Wilsonia Village Inc.
Editor: Neal Mixter
Visit wilsoniatimes.com to read past issues.
Questions about the Wilsonia Times? Email us at wilsoniatimes@gmail.com.

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