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Summit Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Rebecca Paterson
Email: seki_public_affairs@nps.gov
Phone: 559 702 3400
Hours: M-F 0800-1630

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 The Summit Fire was ignited by lightning and discovered on the afternoon of August 3, 2022. It is located at an elevation of approximately 9,000 feet in southern Sequoia National Park. The fire received significant moisture and showed little to no growth until August 23. It then grew moderately through the first week of September. The fire is located in an area with recent fire history, including the 2020 Castle Fire. 

The fire does not currently threaten any people or infrastructure. However, fire managers decided that the best way to manage risk in this situation is to suppress the fire using an indirect strategy. This indirect strategy protected firefighter safety by allowing them to engage the fire from favorable terrain, took advantage of existing burn scars and natural features, and limited impacts to land managed as wilderness. 

Beginning September 8, low intensity backfires were ignited along trail systems, the edges of green meadows, and fire scars to strengthen these areas as containment features, and then consume fuels between them and the main fire. Ignitions were completed on Saturday, September 17. For 12 days, firefighters remained on the ground to patrol containment lines. Currently, the fire is being monitored and patrolled via aerial reconnaissance, as fuels within this perimeter continue to be consumed. 
 
Smoke may be visible from areas along the Hockett Plateau. For updates about air quality and smoke production, visit Fire and Smoke Map (airnow.gov) 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 03rd, 2022 approx. 03:15 PM
LocationSouth end of Hockett Plateau, Sequoia National Park
Incident CommanderArmando Alvarez
Incident DescriptionFire managers are using an indirect strategy to suppress this fire.
Coordinates36.319 latitude, -118.65 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size1,394 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Firefighters have been demobed from the field. Monitoring will continue using aerial resources.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire spread expected to be minimal if any.