Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA, CA 93271
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. April 24, 2017 – As of this evening, ignitions are complete for the Cedar East Omnibus and Lewis Camp Prescribed Burns. The total area treated since Saturday morning is 424 acres. The difference in the original planned acreage of 597 is due to wetter conditions in sections of the Cedar East Omnibus unit and were excluded. 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.
John Zeigler, Kings Canyon Fire Management Officer shared, “The timing of these prescribed burns allowed us to safely continue returning fire to the landscape while minimizing any impacts to the public during ignitions. Once the area opens, visitors will be able to see what low-intensity fire does to clean the forest floor and ensure long-term sustainability of this ecosystems.”
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks firefighters will remain in the area for the next several days to monitor fire behavior. Immediately after, fire patrols will take place for several weeks.
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 from the interior of the unit will remain visible for a number of weeks as well and should dissipate in volume as the remaining fuels continue to be consumed. The timeframe for the smoke to completely dissipate is unknown at this time due to the rapid changes in weather in the Sierra Nevada. Visitors can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org.
For more information on this prescribed fire please, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5162/. There, the public can find information about the prescribed burn, maps, and photos.