Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
On September 9, 2021, a significant lightning storm moved through the area. On September 10, two fires, the Colony Fire and Paradise Fire were located. These two fires merged together and became the KNP Complex. The fire is burning in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest. The fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with firefighter and public safety as the #1 priority.
Evacuations: There are multiple evacuation orders and warnings in place. These are issued by the Fresno and Tulare County Sheriff Offices. For the most up-to-date information, visit the following sites:
Closures are in place for the National Park Service and US Forest Service. View the latest closures here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7838/
Operations updates for the KNP COMPLEX will be posted in the evening only. View videos at https://bit.ly/2021KNPComplex
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday September 10th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM|
|Location||Sequoia National Park|
|Incident Commander||Michael Minton, Nickie Johnny, John Goss CAIIMT2|
|Coordinates||36.567 latitude, -118.811 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||60%|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Short Grass (1 foot)
There is still a fair amount of snow over a large portion of the fire area so no forward fire progression is
expected today. Expect creeping under closed canopies and heavier fuels will continue to burn. Fire weakened
trees will continue
Spotting, if any will be from rollout and with the higher RH the potential for torching will be reduced. One hour fuels are becoming more receptive to spotting on exposed south and west slopes.
holding, and securing
Continued protection and mitigation measures for all sequoia groves within and adjacent to the fire area. When attributes of fire behavior are favorable to the landscape, allow fire to spread to aid in fuels reduction in around the groves.
Continue to patrol,
monitor, and mop up.
Continue work on
Repopulation is in
progress, and continues.
CIIMT12 to assume command of the fire today at 1800.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: North: No forward fire progression is expected. Most of the fire is in a backing alignment. Rollout will continue to challenge containment. Heavier fuels will continue to burn and some creeping should be expected
under closed canopies.
South: Expect, decreased fire behavior in the southeast flank. Rollout will continue to challenge containment lines. Some flanking runs are possible on the southeast flank. The fire is not,
expected to cross Cliff
Creek. No forward progression
in south and southwest flanks
of the fire.
Spotting from rollout will continue to be problematic. Slope-reversals are probable from any fire burning in drainage bottoms. Mop-up will continue to be extensive.
South: Expect, decreased fire behavior in the southeast flank. Rollout will continue to challenge containment lines. Some flanking runs are possible on the southeast flank. The fire is not, expected to cross Cliff Creek. No forward progression in south and southwest flanks of the fire.
Spotting from rollout will continue to be problematic. Slope-reversals are probable from any
fire burning in drainage bottoms. Mop-up will continue to be extensive.
24 hours: Minimal fire activity. Grass, broad- and needle-leaf litter fuel beds will support surface fire on
the south aspects.
48 hours: Minimal fire activity and some increase where fuels are available.
72 hours: Minimal fire activity. Grass, broad- and needle-leaf litter fuel beds will support surface fire but
low intensity in areas that underburned.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected. An atmospheric river event is predicted on Sunday
and Monday, which will bring a predicted 70% chance of rain, which will continue to moderate fire behavior and spread.
A disturbance passing to the north brought scattered clouds today with conditions slightly warmer and drier in the afternoon. Terrain
driven winds prevailed with a light west southwest flow at the
ridgetops. Little changes are expected on Thursday with just a few more degrees of warming. A weak disturbance will bring a slight chance
of light showers Friday and Saturday with cooler and breezy conditions. Forecast models continue to show the potential for an
Atmospheric River to impact the fire area by late this weekend into early next week. The timing has slowed a little with the focus for heavy precipitation more on Monday.