Ignitions Have Begun on Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn
Incident: Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn Prescribed Fire
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 7, 2017 – Following a successful test burn this morning and a determination from the burn boss and fire management staff, ignitions have begun on the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park. The prescribed burn is located near the Sequoia National Park entrance station, employee housing, and park headquarters. Ignitions will be carried out in segments over the course of the next four to five days.
This prescribed burn is conducted during most years in the late spring in order to reduce hazardous loads of fuels, such as invasive grasses and dead and down wood around critical infrastructure. This year, firefighters are working with partners from the Native American community to incorporate traditional burning practices that promote health and acorn production in oak trees.
The Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn is composed of 12 segments, for a total of approximately 40 acres. Of these, approximately 30 acres will be treated with prescribed burning, with the remainder treated mechanically.
Visitors are likely to see smoke, active fire, and firefighters as they enter the park and travel along the Generals Highway. Motorists are asked to drive slowly and carefully and not stop close to fire activity.
Smoke impacts are expected to be minimal, as the unit is largely composed of fine fuels that will be consumed quickly. 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 burn, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5195/.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Fire Management Program
For over forty years, our mission has been to use the full range of options and strategies available to manage fire in the parks. This includes protecting park resources, employees, and the public from unwanted fire; building and maintaining fire resilient ecosystems; reducing the threat to local communities from wildfires emanating from the parks or adjacent lands; and recruiting, training, and retaining a professional fire management workforce.