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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. 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 »

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Fire History of a Sequoia-Mixed Conifer Forest Abstract

Abstract

Fire History of a Sequoia-Mixed Conifer Forest. B.M. Kilgore and D. Taylor. 1979. Ecology 60:129-142.

Using fire scarred trees in the Redwood Mountain area of Kings Canyon National Park, years of past occurrence and past fire frequencies were determined. Prior to 1875 fire frequency averaged 9 yr on west-facing slopes and 16 yr on east-facing slopes. Mean fire-free intervals between 1700 and 1875 varied by habitat, from 5 yr in ponderosa pine on a dry ridge to 15-18 yr on more moist sites with fir.

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Did You Know?

Black bear.

Not all American black bears are black! Colors also include chocolate, brown, cinnamon, and even blonde. When you see a brown-colored bear in Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks, you are seeing a black bear, not a grizzly. Although a grizzly is on the state flag, none remain in the wilds of California.