Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Started by lightning on October 4th and burning in the John Krebs Wilderness, the Eden Fire area is now 1,718 acres with 30% containment. A parks-based helicopter reconnaissance mission occurred over the fire following the latest storm. Due to its location, there are currently no threats to life, property, or other assets.
The fire received a combination of rain and snow at lower and higher elevations, respectively. As such, fire activity is moderating in many areas with pockets of heavier dead and down fuels continuing to be consumed. As the availability of aircraft allows the parks are looking to have another infrared flight this week.
The next wet weather is forecasted to arrive during the middle to end of the last week in November. It is still too early determine rainfall and snow amounts out of this next system.
Located in and adjacent to the Eden Creek Grove of giant sequoias, the terrain is steep and rugged with no access via the ground. The fire is working its way through an area that has no modern recorded fire history except for a couple of pockets around twenty acres each.
Currently, the west flank has established itself over the Eden Creek drainage and is slowly backing off the ridge towards Coffeepot Canyon. The south side is not showing any strong behavior as it moves towards the ridge line and Homer's nose. The fire has slowed its progress to the north towards the East Fork of the Kaweah but has grown towards the east further into the wilderness.
Additionally the Dennison Fire, located east of the Dillonwood Grove at over 8,000 feet in elevation south of the Eden Fire, and also started by lightning remains at 87 acres. It too is burning in a remote area of Sequoia National Park and is showing no threats to life or property.
The National Park Service looks for opportunities to not manipulate a natural process. Taking a strategy of not fully suppressing every fire, not only greatly reduces impacts on designated wilderness, but allows for a modern fire history that can help buffer the park and the community from unwanted fire during the hottest and driest parts of the year.
All areas of Sequoia National Park remain open as previously scheduled.