Fire staff completed ignitions on the last segment of the Cedar East Prescribed Burn unit on October 20, 2017, for a total of 186 acres treated since October 17, 2017. The difference from the planned total acreage of 192 for this segment is due to variable weather that created good conditions for prescribed burning in some parts of the unit, and less favorable conditions in others.
This segment of the Cedar East Prescribed burn is a continuation of the 424-acre treatment that was performed in April of 2017, bringing the project’s total acreage to 610. This prescribed burn is intended to reduce hazardous fuel loading and restore/maintain the natural fire cycle in Cedar Grove.
“This prescribed burn is bringing fire back to a section of Cedar Grove that hasn’t seen fire for many years,” says Incident Commander Ben Jacobs. “In addition to improving the overall health of the watershed, prescribed burning also helps to reduce the risk posed by large wildfires, because we’re removing a lot of this accumulated fuel under planned conditions, on our terms.”
The south side of the Kanawyer Loop Trail remains closed during the burn-down period, during which the area will be regularly patrolled by firefighters. Visitors hiking near the area may see smoke and/or areas of active flame, as the fuels inside the unit are consumed, and are asked to exercise caution, stay on trails, and observe signage and directions from park staff. All facilities such as campgrounds, lodges, and public areas remain on schedule for previously determined closing dates.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District to coordinate and regulate smoke contributions to the airshed. For more information about air quality in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks visit go.nps.gov/sekiair. For regional information about air quality visit www.valleyair.org.
10/25/17: Patrols confirm that all lines are secure and the only areas of active flame are being generated by heavy fuels (such as large, downed trees) in the interior of the unit. Smoke production is decreasing, but smoke continues to be visible in the area.
10/31/17: Patrols continue with light to no smoke showing in the unit with good air quality. A few large size fuels remain smoking as they continue to burn down. Trail closure remains in effect. New photo added.
11/4/17: Fire crews continue to patrol and monitor the prescribed burn. Winter weather expected this week. Trail closure remains in effect.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Monday May 22nd, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park|
|Incident Commander||Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks|
|Incident Description||Prescribed Burn|
Cedar Grove is closed for the season.
Acreage completed in April: 424
Acreage completed in October: 186