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East Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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East Creek Map 7-10-18, Mapped at 6.5 acres. Image options: [ Full Size ]

Early on the afternoon of July 7th, a wildfire was reported in the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park by a patrolling trail ranger. Named the East Creek Fire, it is burning two-thirds of a mile south of the Bubbs Creek Trail and west of the East Creek Trail, about eight and half miles east of Roads End.

Updates:

7-8: The fire is currently sized at 26 acres. Fire behavior is reported to be smoldering and creeping with pockets of active flame. Smoke generation is mostly occurring in heavy downed wood in the interior of the burned area.

7-9 (morning): Fire is holding at 26 acres with minimal activity and light smoke. Trail escorts are occurring as needed. New photos and a video added.

7-9 (afternoon): The total acreage of the fire has been reduced from 26 acres to six acres. During earlier fire activity in this very steep and rugged terrain, it wasn’t safe for firefighters to attempt a more precise perimeter measurement of the fire’s edge. Fire was moving through a dense red fir stand with no recorded fire history, adjacent to a swift cold creek, with alternative paths only being smoothly polished rock.

7-10: All resources are off the fireline at this time. Fire is contained at 6.5 acres by natural barriers, and some handline. This will be the last report unless conditions change.

Due to the fire’s wilderness location, it currently poses no threats to life or property. However, fire managers are taking suppression actions to confine the fire. Firefighters are currently identifying natural barriers such as rocky outcroppings to use to contain fire spread. Minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) are being utilized, so that firefighting operations will disturb the wilderness ecosystem as little as possible.

No trail closures are in place at this time. Trail guards are in place on the East Creek Trail to connect with hikers ascending south in the direction of East Lake and Lake Reflection, and will advise or escort hikers through the section of trail closest to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday July 07th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationKings Canyon Wilderness, south of the Bubbs Creek Trail and west of the East Creek Trail, 8.5 miles east of Roads End Permit Station.
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Incident DescriptionFire Is Burning At Approximately 8700 Feet. Fire Is In Designated Wilderness.
Coordinates36.745 latitude, -118.443 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel9
Size6 Acres
Fuels Involved

Red fir and whitethorn.

Outlook

Planned Actions

To either patrol by park helicopter or with on the ground patrols, whichever is the safer of the two options.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

With high-elevation weather changes forecast for mid-week, including increased thunderstorm risk, firefighters will be flown out of the area.