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Warnings continue as Windy Fire surges in Sequoia National Forest

The two major blazes encroaching Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest now sit at a combined 132,359 acres consumed, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Monday.

The KNP Complex, which started as the larger of the two blazes, has leveled off its growth. It currently sits at 46,976 acres with firefighters reaching 8 percent containment between the pair of National Parks.

Meanwhile, the Windy Fire – anchored in the Tule River Reservation of Sequoia National Forest – sits at 85,383 acres, representing a 3,100-acre increase overnight from Sunday. Firefighters have managed 2 percent containment, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

Monday morning, Tulare Sheriff Mike Boudreaux issued an evacuation warning for both sides of the Kern River from the Gold Ledge Campground south to the Tulare–Kern County line, with a temporary evacuation point remaining open at Porterville College.

As for the KNP Complex, while growth has slowed and the threats against the Giant Forest and Seqouia National Park’s General Sherman Tree have subsided, fire officials are keeping close watch on the blaze’s encroachment on the park’s headquarters.

Monday night, fire officials are set to host a town hall from Three Rivers to provide updates to residents and neighbors on operations.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.