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Sherman Prescribed Burn

Unit Information

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

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Firefighters discuss aerial ignitions during the Sherman Prescribed Burn.Image options: [ Full Size ]

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 4, 2019 – Fire staff completed ignitions on the last segment of the Sherman Prescribed Burn unit today, with 244 acres treated since Wednesday. The other segments of this prescribed burn were treated in July 2019, and this final segment brings the project to a total acreage of 489. Firefighters will continue to patrol the area as vegetation inside the unit consumes itself, and ultimately self-extinguishes, likely with the arrival of rain or snow in the area.

The Sherman Prescribed Burn is located in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park, approximately two miles northeast of the Giant Forest Museum. Visitors driving or hiking near the area may see smoke and/or areas of active flame. There are no trail closures associated with this prescribed burn.

“We used a combination of hand ignitions and aerial ignitions to complete this last segment safely and efficiently,” says Jeff Singer, burn boss trainee. “Studies are showing that forests that have been treated with prescribed burning are better protected against large, high-severity fire, like what we experienced with the Rough Fire in 2015. On the Sherman Prescribed Burn, we’re using this technique to promote healthy conditions around some of the most famous and loved trees in the world.”

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationGiant Forest, Sequoia National Park
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Coordinates36.583 latitude, -118.754 longitude

Current Situation

Size489 Acres
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer and giant sequoia grove

Significant Events

Ignitions completed on October 4 for 244 acres. Total treated since July is 489 acres.

Outlook

Remarks

This prescribed burn received significant snowfall (over 3 feet) the week of Thanksgiving 2019.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

None.