Fresno County portion of lower Kings River closed due to rapid release of water

The Fresno County portion of the lower Kings River was closed to recreational users Tuesday, following similar actions by officials in Kings and Tulare counties.

The announcement was made by the Assistant Fresno County Sheriff John Zanoni at the river’s edge near Centerville.

He cited the rapid release of the cold water from Pine Flat Dam as a risk to public safety. Zanoni said the sheriff’s water safety boats would be patrolling the closed area, and deputies would also be enforcing the ban at nearby campsites. Violators face a $200 fine.

The upper portion of the Kings River above Pine Flat Dam remains open.

The Kings River already had been closed to recreational use in Kings and Tulare counties, and at Reedley Beach in Fresno County.

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