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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday October 10th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM|
|Location||Sequoia National Park|
|Incident Commander||Armando Alvarez, National Park Service|
|Coordinates||36.567 latitude, -118.811 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||80%|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Short Grass (1 foot)
On Friday, November 19, transitioned to type 5 incident.
Continue to observe via air.