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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
Phone: 559-565-3704

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2020 Wilderness Fires Continue to Burn in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Wilderness Fires Continue to Burn in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 19, 2020 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks continue..
News - 09/19/2020
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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, as it is moving through the Rattlesnake Creek drainage, 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.

The following area is temporarily closed to all individuals except firefighters and overhead personnel assigned to the Rattlesnake wildfire, or other individuals approved by the incident commander: 
Beginning at the south boundary of Sequoia National Park with the intersection of the Great Western Divide, north along the Great Western Divide to Kaweah Gap, southeast to Chagoopa Plateau along the base of the Kaweah Peaks to the Kern Canyon, north to Junction Meadow and the Colby Pass Trail (not included), east along the High Sierra Trail (not included) to the John Muir Trail/PCT (not included), south along the PCT (not included) to the park boundary, and west along the park boundary back to the point of origin.

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 OriginSunday August 16th, 2020 approx. 10:15 AM
LocationThe Rattlesnake Fire is burning in the Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness in Rattlesnake Creek.
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks IMT (Type 4)
Coordinates36.42 latitude, -118.448 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size4,070 Acres
Fuels Involved

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


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor by air

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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