• 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 »

Fire Stories

Fire stories give details that you might not read in a newspaper headline or hear in a television soundbite. These short stories put a "human face" on the people, the projects, and the science of fire management at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. While only covering a small percentage of what happens here, we hope the stories below will give you a taste of our program.

Operations:

Lodge Prescribed Fire: Ongoing Fuel Treatments in Grant Grove
Nature Trail Prescribed Fire: Successful Implementation through Adapting and Timing
Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources on the Lion Fire
Redwood Canyon Prescribed Fire: Celebrating History while Planning for the Future
Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots Provide 30 Years of Service (2011)
The Littlest Sequoias: The Bobcat Prescribed Fire a Year Later (2011)
Counting Sheep: Interagency Partnership Returns Fire to Forest and Park Safely(2010)
The Evolution of Fire Lookouts: Improved Response through Partnership (2010)
The Horse Fire: Wilderness Response to Wilderness Fire (2009)
The Tehipite Fire: A Lesson in Adaptive Management (2008)
Dillonwood Fire Exercise (2008)

Valley View Prescribed Fire Provides Community Protection (2007)
Wallspring Prescribed Fire Meets Multiple Goals (2007)
Following in the Footsteps of Prescribed Fire Pioneers (2006)
Firefighters Find Prehistoric Pottery During Prescribed Burn (2006)
Burning in Phases to Reduce Smoke (2005)

Education:
Bobcat Prescribed Fire Provides Educational Park Experience(2010)
Walking through Giant Forest with an Eye for the Next Generation (2009)
Fire Information Reaches Community During Hidden Fire (2008)
Studying the Past to Plan for the Future: Reflecting on 40 Years of Fire Management (2008)

Taking Fire Education on the Road (2006)

Personnel & Equipment:
From Samoa to the Sequoias: One Firefighter's Perspective(2010)
The Wilsonia Fire Safe Community (2010)
New Fire Station for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (2006)
Brit Rosso Receives Paul Gleason "Lead by Example" Award (2006)
Doing the Right Thing: Honoring a Fallen Firefighter (2004)

Science & Research:
Giant Sequoias Reveal Fire History through Tree Rings (2010)
Advantage in Timing: Cedar Bluffs Prescribed Fire (2009)
New Research Hopes to Expand Knowledge of Fire History (2008)

Did You Know?

Fairy lantern wildflowers.

The unusual diversity of climates and ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks led to its designation as an International Biosphere Reserve. There are 580 reserves in 114 countries that hold this honor world-wide.