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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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Fire Information Office
Phone: 559-565-3704
Hours: M-F- 9-5

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09/19/2020 Wilderness Fires Continue to Burn in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 19, 2020 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks continue to have two active fires burning in designated wilderness with no threats to...
News - 09/19/2020
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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.

The fire is creeping and smoldering with some isolated tree torching through large dead and down ground fuels and continuing to burn in areas with standing dead trees. Firefighters are using minimum impact suppression tactics, commonly known as MIST, to contain the fire while reducing their impact to the wilderness. This includes utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, and other natural barriers as containment lines.

Wilderness travel is still allowed in this area with a valid wilderness permit. All trails in the area remain open.  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 IMT (Type 4)
Coordinates36.718 latitude, -118.557 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size668 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

A wildland fire module is on scene and will monitor fire behavior, fire growth, and scout areas around the perimeter of the fire.

Firefighters are taking advantage of opportunities to conduct tactical firing operations along the perimeter, while utilizing natural barriers, to further secure containment.


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