Ignitions Started for Cedar East and Lewis Camp Prescribed Burn
Incident: Cedar East Omnibus & Lewis Camp Prescribed Fire
Following a successful test burn this afternoon, and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, the Cedar East and Lewis Camp Prescribed Burn has started in Kings Canyon National Park. Ignitions will continue for four to five days.
The purpose of this 597-acre prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and restore/maintain the natural fire cycle in the Cedar Grove. The historic fire return interval in this area is approximately once every three to ten years.
There are two main sections of the prescribed burn. The east section, known as Cedar East, is 553-acres with three sub-sections that last burned in 2006, 2005, 1996, and 1995, with one section having no recorded fire history. The west section, known as Lewis Camp, is 44-acres which also saw prescribed burning in 1996 & 1995.
The burn units are located at both the east and west ends of the Cedar Grove Valley with the larger, Cedar East on the east end and Lewis Camp on the west. This prescribed burn will not impact the scheduled opening date of Cedar Grove to the public on April 28 at 12:00 pm. All facilities such as campgrounds, lodges, and public areas remain on schedule for previously determined open dates. There are no plans to have any trail closures after this prescribed burn however visitors should remain vigilant to their surroundings.
Smoke impacts to the public are expected to be minimal with smoke traveling upslope and east towards the Sierra Crest during the day and downslope and west at night in Cedar Grove. For information about air quality in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks visit go.nps.gov/sekiair. For regional information about air quality visit http://www.valleyair.org
For additional information, updates, and photos from the Cedar East and Lewis Camp Prescribed Burn, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/797/