KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 10, 2019 – Following a successful test burn this morning and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, ignitions have begun on the Cedar Central Prescribed Burn in Kings Canyon National Park. Three days of ignitions are planned.
The Cedar Central Prescribed Burn is located in Cedar Grove, east of Moraine Campground, north of Highway 180, and south and west of the Kings River. The purpose of this 218-acre prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and restore/maintain the natural fire cycle in the Cedar Grove. This area was last treated with prescribed burning in 2010. The current prescribed burn mimics the historic fire return interval in this area, which is approximately three to ten years.
Smoke impacts are expected to be limited to Cedar Grove, and will lessen as fuels within the prescribed burn area are consumed and ultimately self-extinguish. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District to coordinate and regulate smoke contributions to the airshed. For more information about air quality in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, visit go.nps.gov/sekiair or regional information about air quality, visit www.valleyair.org For updates about the Cedar East Prescribed Burn visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6353/.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Fire Management Program For over fifty 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.