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Eden Fire

Unit Information

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

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Fire Information Office
Email: seki_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 559-565-3704

Looking south towards the Eden Fire from the parks' helicopter.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Started by lightning on October 4th and burning in the John Krebs Wilderness, the Eden Fire area is now 1,430 acres with 5% containment. An infrared flight took place Tuesday night and allowed more accurate mapping as the area was shrouded in smoke the past few days. Due to its location, there are currently no threats to life, property, or other assets.

Located in and adjacent to the Eden Creek Grove of giant sequoias, the terrain is steep and rugged with no access via the ground. Yesterday’s daytime flight observed positive fire effects with no spotting or crown scorch. The fire is working its way through an area that has no modern recorded fire history except for a couple of pockets around twenty acres each.

Currently, the west flank has established itself over the Eden Creek drainage and is slowly backing off the ridge towards Coffeepot Canyon. The south side is not showing any strong behavior as it moves towards the ridge line and Homer's nose. The fire has slowed its progress to the north towards the East Fork of the Kaweah but has grown towards the east further into the wilderness.

Fire managers are closely watching the storm system that is expected to arrive today. Precipitation in the form of rain and / or snow will fall over the fire with up to an inch of water equivalent expected. With these changes in the weather, smoke dispersion will improve over the next few days. A dry period is expected before the next storm system arrives mid to late next week.

“Gathering information via aircraft is a safe and efficient way to manage this fire,” said Andrew Cremers, incident commander for the Eden Fire. “At the same time, we constantly look at our options in that other types of aircraft could be used to slow the fire’s spread in certain areas with targeted water drops or retardant lines, especially if we are getting undesired fire effects.”

Additionally the Dennison Fire, located east of the Dillonwood Grove at over 8,000 feet in elevation south of the Eden Fire, and also started by lightning is now 87 acres. It too is burning in a remote area of Sequoia National Park and is showing no threats to life or property.

The National Park Service looks for opportunities to not manipulate a natural process. Taking a strategy of not fully suppressing every fire, not only greatly reduces impacts on designated wilderness, but allows for a modern fire history that can help buffer the park and the community from unwanted fire during the hottest and driest parts of the year.

All areas of Sequoia National Park remain open as previously scheduled.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday October 04th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationEden Grove, John Krebs Wilderness, Sequoia National Park
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Coordinates36.41 latitude, -118.737 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size1,430 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer and giant sequoia.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor via air.

Remarks

Area has no recorded modern fire history. Fire is an integral part of giant sequoia grove health.

For smoke forecast outlooks visit https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/SouthernSierra-Sequoia

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke is visible from the western side of Sequoia National Park especially from the Mineral King Road and further out as topography allows.

A storm system is expected on Wednesday followed by a drying period before the next system arrives mid to late next week.