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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 16th, 2020 approx. 10:15 AM|
|Location||The Rattlesnake Fire is burning in the Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness in Rattlesnake Creek.|
|Incident Commander||Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks IMT (Type 4)|
|Coordinates||36.42 latitude, -118.448 longitude|
High elevation conifers, forest litter, dead and down woody debris, standing dead trees, and understory vegetation.
Continue to monitor by air
Smoke from regional wildfires in California may impact the area reducing visibility.