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KNP Complex

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Public Information Line
Email: 2021.knp@firenet.gov
Phone: 559-492-9988
Hours: 8am - 8pm 7 days

Media Information Line
Email: 2021.knp@firenet.gov
Phone: 559-492-9967
Hours: 8am - 8pm 7 days

Highlighted Activity

09/27/2021 Community Meeting for Monday, September 27th
COMMUNITY MEETING TONIGHT IN THE THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Three Rivers Memorial Building located at 43490 Sierra Dr.Please wear masks regardless of...
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The KNP Complex in the Sequoia National Park was originally two fires from lightning occurring on September 9th, discovered and reported on the 10th, and designated a complex on September 11th. The fire has continued to grow in the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park and has spread northeast into portions of the Sequoia National Forest. The acreage now exceeds 45,000 acres and over 1,800 firefighters are assigned to the fire to include the Southwest Area Type I Incident Management Team 2, CALFIRE and units from the California Army National Guard.

The priorities of the fire team are the protection of life and property in the communities surrounding the park; protection of the giant sequoias, and the protection of infrastructure and facilities in the park.  The absolute number one priority of the team is the safety and well-being of firefighters so they live to fight fire another day.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday September 10th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationSequoia National Park
Incident CommanderDavid Bales
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates36.567 latitude, -118.811 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,804
Size46,976 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained8%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Observed Fire Behavior:

Active

Uphill Runs

Flanking

Outlook

Planned Actions

Utilize indirect tactics including both hand crews and dozers to continue line construction along CalFire protection areas and outside the western park boundary to provide for structure protection and minimize impacts to values at risk in Three Rivers, Silver City, Hartland and surrounding communities.

Structure protection and mitigation efforts for National Park infrastructure.

Continue to monitor high-value infrastructure within the National Park to include the Park Headquarters, Museum, and employee housing.

Continued protection and mitigation measures for all sequoia groves within the fire area, including the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove. When attributes of fire behavior are favorable to the landscape, allow fire spread to aid in fuels reduction in and adjacent to the groves.

Continue strategic firing as fire approaches primary lines with Fire Use modules, hand crews, and UAS.

Utilize strategic firing when needed to help meet the objectives identified for this fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Even with a slight increase in humidity, fire continues to spread through the night with backing, flanking and short uphill runs.

24 hours: Clearing skies and less smoke in the afternoon will lead to active to extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, short crown runs, and spotting.

48 hours: The fire area clears again leading to active and extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, crown fires and long range spotting.

72 hours: Smoke begins to return creating more moderate to active fire behavior with backing, flanking and uphill runs.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Smoke filled the fire area again today resulting in backing, flanking and uphill runs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dense smoke continued to cover the fire through the day, as transport winds remained light. Local winds remained light and terrain-driven.

Humidity recovery overnight was slightly improved, which led to slight improvements in daytime minimum RH. West winds on Monday will bring slightly better smoke ventilation through the afternoon.