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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: 559 494-4881
Hours: 8am - 8pm 7 days

Media Information Line
Email: 2021.knp@firenet.gov
Phone: 925 588-6773
Hours: 8am - 8pm 7 days

Highlighted Activity

10/21/2021 KNP Complex North and South Update October 21, 2021
October 21, 2021  Acres: 88,307 acresContainment: 60% Start Date: September 10, 2021Cause: Lightning Jurisdiction: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; Sequoia National...
News - 10/21/2021
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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:

https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4b2ac27b5c8943ed92c0e77aa94daca0

Tulare County Sheriff's Facebook Page

Freso County Sheriff's Facebook Page

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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday September 10th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationSequoia National Park
Incident CommanderMichael Minton, Nickie Johnny, John Goss CAIIMT2
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates36.567 latitude, -118.811 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel567
Size88,307 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

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

to fall.

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.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Constructing,

holding, and securing

direct line.

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

suppression repair,

where feasible.

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.