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North Guard Fire

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers California 93271
Three Rivers, CA, CA 93271

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North Guard Fire from aerial patrol on 9/3/17Image options: [ Full Size ]

The North Guard Fire in Kings Canyon National Park was reported on Tuesday, July 18 2017, by a wilderness ranger who spotted the smoke. Located east of North Guard Creek and south of Bubbs Creek, the fire is burning at approximately 9,500 feet in steep, rocky terrain with widely-spaced timber. Due to the remote location, elevation, minimal rate of spread, and fuel types, fire staff are monitoring this wildfire and ultimately allowing it to self-extinguish. However, wilderness users in Kings Canyon National Park and those directly east of the park (Inyo National Forest, Hwy 395 in the vicinity of Independence, CA) should be advised that smoke from the North Guard Fire may be visible from a distance.


7/31/17: The North Guard Fire was patrolled by helicopter. Its current size is between 2 and 3 acres with limited growth potential.

8/5/17: Patrolled by helicopter on 8/4/17. Size is currently 4 acres.

8/22/17: Fire was patrolled by helicopter today and is currently 8 acres. There are no threats to people, trails, or other infrastructure. New photo was added.

9/3/17: Smoke from large out-of-parks fires limited visibility for earlier helicopter patrols until today. Fire remains at 8 acres. Two new photos were added.

9/13/17: Fire was observed via helicopter this week and showed little smoke. No significant change in size from previous update.

9/17/17: Fire was flown by helicopter and showed no smoke. Fire was moved to inactive status.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 18th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationSouth of Bubbs Creek in Kings Canyon National Park wilderness
Coordinates36.764 latitude, -118.474 longitude

Current Situation

Size8 Acres
Fuels Involved

Widely-spaced timber on rocky slopes


Planned Actions

Patrol by helicopter and allow to self-extinguish

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