• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN

    The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.

  • Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time

    All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). More »

  • You May Have Trouble Calling Us

    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

Current Fires

Information on all significant fires occurring in the parks is available on the InciWeb website. This link takes you away from the park webpages; use your web browsers "Back" button to return to this site.

To read additional information on recent fire activity in the parks, click on park News Releases.

There is currently no fire activity and no smoke impacts to report in the parks.

Additional maps and information will be posted to this page as fires occur and they become available.

 
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Swale West Prescribed Fire Planned

Fire crews plan to ignite the Swale West prescribed fire unit in Kings Canyon National Parks on April 23/24, weather and air-quality conditions permitting. The Swale West unit is 191 acres and ignitions will likely occur over two to three days.

Since the unit was last burned in prescribed fires in 1993/1995, this is considered a maintenance burn. This means it has natural levels of fuel accumulation which will result in a relatively low intensity fire emulating historical fire in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Safety is always given the highest priority and choosing a maintenance burn is part of fire manager’s strategy during this drought year. In addition to the anticipated low fire intensity, three sides of this unit were more recently burned providing additional security.

The Swale West unit is part of an extensive, long-term commitment by the parks to reduce the risk of damaging wildfire and promote ecosystem health by reducing fire across a large, continuous area in the highly used Grant Grove/Wilsonia area of the park.

The moderate fuel accumulation will also limit smoke production. We do expect some daytime smoke moving towards Hume Lake with smoke settling toward the west in the evenings.

A number of roads and trails are adjacent to or within the planned unit. The map at the right shows the trail closures.

 
A sequoia seedling that sprouted the spring after a prescribed fire

This sequoia sapling emerged in the spring after a prescribed fire. Fire creates the ideal conditions for sequoia regeneration: it opens the cones to release the seeds, creates gaps in the canopy for this sun-loving species, and forms nutrient-rich soil for the seeds.



Giant Sequoia regeneration following a prescribed fire.

Did You Know?

Toppled sequoia tree.

Sequoias get so large because they grow fast over a long lifetime. They live so long because they are resistant to many insects and diseases, and because they can survive most fires. Sequoias do have a weakness — a shallow root system. The main cause of death among mature sequoias is toppling.