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Avalanche Fire

Unit Information

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

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Phone: 559-565-3160

One prominent smoke along the eastern ridge where the fire is burning in a heavy downed log. There are some broken fuels on the east side of the ridge.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Discovered on July 18, 2022, the lightning-caused Avalanche Fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain high above Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. Located in designed wilderness, about 1-mile north of Avalanche Peak.

There is no threat to life, property, trails, or infrastructure at this time. However, smoke may be visible from certain spots along Kings Canyon Road (CA Hwy 180 on some maps) when looking south near Roads End or from Zumwalt Meadow.

The fire is in a steep drainage inaccessible to firefighting personnel, Kings Canyon has cliffs that rise over a mile from the valley floor, firefighters are not on the ground considering the low growth potential and that there are no current threats to life or property.

There are several natural rock features surrounding the fire. Currently the fire is being monitored by air. If the fire moves into less steep terrain, ground firefighting personnel may be inserted to monitor or check fire spread. Therefore, the parks’ are suppressing the fire with a confine and contain strategy using natural barriers via monitoring via air as firefighter safety is paramount.  

Smoke impacts in the area are mostly from the Oak Fire burning on state and Sierra National Forest lands to the north. For more information of sources of smoke and the currently area quality for your area, visit 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 18th, 2022 approx. 10:45 AM
LocationSouth of Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park
Incident CommanderSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Incident DescriptionSuppression fire using several natural rock features surrounding the fire.
Coordinates36.773 latitude, -118.584 longitude

Current Situation

Size29 Acres
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer and brush



Fire is burning in designated wilderness.

Smoke may be visible from Cedar Grove near Roads End.