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Sequoia–Kings Canyon NPs closed in entirety after trash, human waste create unsanitary conditions

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks were closed entirely Wednesday evening by National Park Service officials due to unsanitary conditions that were creating health and safety concerns. 

The two parks, in California's Sierra Nevada, are believed to have become the first in the National Park System to be entirely closed due to visitation problems since the partial government shutdown began nearly two weeks ago. That shutdown, while leaving most parks open, has left them without maintenance crews to deal with restroom wastes and overflowing garbage cans, as those personnel were not deemed essential.

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