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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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Phone: 559-565-3704
Hours: 8 am - 5 pm 7 days

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On September 9, 2021, a significant lightning storm moved through the Southern Sierra Nevada. On September 10, two fires, the Colony Fire and Paradise Fire, were identified. These two fires later merged and became the KNP Complex. Currently, the fire is most active within Sequoia National Park. This is a full-suppression fire.

Due to the lack of roads and direct access to areas where the fire is still active, fire managers are periodically flying the fire perimeter to look for opportunities to increase containment. Containment lines must be validated and confirmed to be secure before containment percentage is increased. This is a slow process, especially in terrain as remote and rugged as the southern Sierra Nevada. Further gains in containment are unlikely until the parks receive more significant precipitation.

While the KNP Complex does not pose any threats to life or property at this time, NPS fire managers have observed areas of fire activity and smoke in the interior of the fire footprint, and determined that they are mainly coming from islands of unburned fuels and heavy logs that continue to be consumed. If the ongoing pattern of extremely dry weather continues, smoke west of Castle Rocks and north of Paradise Ridge may be visible from areas along Highway 198 approaching Sequoia National Park, and on the north end of the fire, smoke may be visible from portions of Highway 180 that look towards Redwood Canyon. Smoke in Atwell Grove may also be visible from the Mineral King Road, but that area is closed to the public for the winter. 

Portions of Sequoia National Park reopened on Thursday November 11, 2021 with limited access on the Generals Highway from the Ash Mountain entrance to Hospital Rock. At this time, the Generals Highway remains closed from Hospital Rock through the Giant Forest to Grant Grove.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday October 10th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationSequoia National Park
Incident CommanderArmando Alvarez, National Park Service
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates36.567 latitude, -118.811 longitude

Current Situation

Size88,307 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

On Friday, November 19, transitioned to type 5 incident.


Planned Actions

Continue to observe via air.