Fire staff completed ignitions on the last segment of the Sherman Prescribed Burn on Thursday, July 11th, for a total of 245 acres treated. With ignitions complete, firefighters will continue to patrol the area as vegetation inside the unit burns down. Access to the General Sherman Tree remains open from the Sherman Tree parking lots.
The Sherman Prescribed Burn is located in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park, approximately one half mile northeast of the Giant Forest Museum. Visitors driving or hiking near the area may see smoke and/or areas of active flame, and are asked to exercise caution, stay on trails, and observe signs and directions from park staff.
Some trails, including the Congress Trail, have been reopened. Other trails remain closed due to lingering fire activity and other hazards. Closures are clearly flagged. Open trails do not necessarily mean that the area is cold. Visitors on these trails are likely to encounter smoke, smoldering, or pockets of active flame. For your safety, stay on the trail and exercise caution.
Firefighters and park management are continually assessing the area to determine when fire activity will be sufficiently reduced to allow public access to the remaining closed trails.
“Prescribed burning in the Giant Forest is critical to reduce fuels, protect giant sequoia trees and visitors from high severity wildfire, and allow for giant sequoia regeneration.” says Acting Superintendent and Chief of Resource Management, Dr. Christy Brigham. “Forests show greater resistance to high severity wildfire and more diverse stand structure in areas treated with prescribed burning. Being able to complete prescribed burns when areas are in prescription, even if it is during July, is crucial to our ability to maintain ecological health and visitor safety in these forests. ”
Visitors in the area between Lodgepole and the Giant Forest Museum should expect to see smoke and/or active flame, as the area may continue to smolder for weeks. The smoke density will lessen as fuels within the prescribed burn area are consumed and ultimately self-extinguish.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work with the San Joaquin Valley 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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Location||Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park|
|Incident Commander||Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks|
|Coordinates||36.583 latitude, -118.754 longitude|
Mixed conifer and giant sequoia grove.
Ignitions complete on the evening of 7/11.
Trails will be closed or restricted in areas in and around the prescribed burn. Please check the Closures tab for specifics and changes.