Partial Reopening of Hume Lake Ranger District
October 23rd, 2015 by Eric Mart
DUNLAP, California, October 23, 2015 – Hume Lake, located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest is now open for limited recreation. The road leading to Hume Lake from Highway 180 and the Tenmile road will re-open to the public this morning, October 23, 2015. Most secondary roads and the area around the Hume Lake Dam will remain closed.
Specifically, the area east of Highway 180 and west of the Tenmile road will be open to visitors. The secondary roads that remain closed will be blocked. Please do not attempt to travel these roads, they were used to stop the spread of the Rough Fire and they need to be repaired before opening next spring.
The area adjacent to the historic Hume Lake Dam will remain closed. Forest officials are working with a contractor to repair the Dam. Over the past couple of weeks, water was released from Hume Lake, leaving only a minimal pool near the front of the dam. Now that water levels have dropped, efforts will begin to repair the Dam.
The Rough Fire is contained where it burned on the Hume Lake Ranger District. Even though the threat of fire is gone, there are still hazards in the burned area that will keep most of the District closed until spring. Open areas include Eshom and Stony Creek, most of Hume Lake and along Tenmile. Closure maps can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia For additional information please call the Hume Lake Ranger District (559) 338-2251 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.