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Rattlesnake 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
Email: seki_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 559-565-3704

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The Rattlesnake Fire was discovered on August 16 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. It is located within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness in the Rattlesnake Creek drainage. The fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain with sparse ground fuels and pockets of dead and down trees. While the size of the fire has increased, there are no current threats to life or property.

The park is using a confine and contain full-suppression strategy utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, and other natural barriers as containment lines. Not only does this limit exposure to firefighters and minimizes impacts in the wilderness, it allows firefighting resources to be available to battle other wildfires across the area and state that have a greater threat to life and property.

Fire managers again flew the Rattlesnake Fire on October 24. Fire active was minimal for most of the fire. With the increase in winds, some of the fire areas up high on the canyon walls are showing smoke that were not showing smoke before. Fire continues to back in the Kern River drainage toward the south. Most of the smoke in the southern portion of the fire was coming from the Castle Fire up high above coyote creek.

Due to the Rattlesnake Fire and SQF Complex, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: All lands within the exterior boundary of Sequoia National Park in the Kern River drainage, Tule River drainage, East Fork Kaweah River drainage, and the portion of the Middle Fork Kaweah River drainage south of a line defined by the river and the ridge between the Hamilton Lakes basin and Eagle Scout Creek drainage.

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
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday August 16th, 2020 approx. 10:15 AM
LocationThe Rattlesnake Fire is burning in the Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness in the southeast section of Sequoia National Park.
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks IMT (Type 3)
Coordinates36.42 latitude, -118.448 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size7,241 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%
Fuels Involved

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

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to monitor by air.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke from regional wildfires in California may impact the area reducing visibility.