As of 6:00 am on Thursday September 10, 2015, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Wilsonia and Grant Grove. Highway 180 is closed at Dunlap. The Generals Highway (198) is closed at the Red Fir Gate west of Wuksachi. Highway 245 is closed at Dry Creek.
The latest park news release reports:
An Evacuation Order is defined as, “Movement of community members out of a defined area due to an immediate threat to life and property from an emergency incident. An Evacuation Order should be used when there is potential or actual threat to civilian life within 1 to 2 hours or when the Incident Commander deems it necessary to protect civilians.”
With the increase of firefighting personnel and firefighting operations occurring in the Grant Grove area, and the potential for the Rough Fire to move into the area; the park management in cooperation with the Rough Fire Incident Management Team have made the decision to close the Grant Grove area, and order the evacuation.