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Moraine Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Fire Information Office
Phone: 559-565-3704

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The Moraine Fire was discovered on August 21 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. It is located within the Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness, southeast of Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park. There is no threat to life or property at this time and Cedar Grove remains open to day-use visitation.

Due to limited firefighting resources and the fire burning in designated wilderness, the fire is being monitored via air. However, fire managers are prepared to send firefighters in if the activity warrants and direct suppression action.

A fire crew was inserted in the area on October 22 to ground map the fire and pulled out the same day. Fire managers did conduct an aerial observation flight on October 24 and observed minimal fire behavior. The Moraine Fire continues to smolder and creep near the trail and in the creek on the south and west side of the fire. Fire continues to spread up high as well but will reach rock eventually.

However, Fire managers will continue to monitor fire activity near the trail with the possibility of closing Avalanche Pass Trail at certain locations due to fire activity. If a closure goes into effect, that information will be shared on the Closures tab of the page.

Wilderness travel is still allowed in this area with a valid wilderness permit.  However, please use caution and follow all posted trail signs.

The park is working with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Smoke will be visible near and from high-country vistas. Smoke from regional wildfires in the State of California may also affect visibility over the area.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Current Conditions Webpage

Air Quality Information from San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Current Air Quality from AirNow.Gov

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 21st, 2020 approx. 09:00 PM
LocationSouth of Palmer Peak , 1/2 mile east of Avalanche Pass Trail on the north side of Moraine Creek
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Coordinates36.718 latitude, -118.557 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size988 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Fuels Involved

High elevation conifers, forest litter, dead and down woody debris, standing dead trees, and understory vegetation.


Planned Actions

Monitor via air and asses for any needs for direct suppression action.


Day use access to Cedar Grove remains open as previously scheduled.