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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions, see link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., 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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    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 »

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?

Mineral crystals compared to size of a penny.

Most of the distinctive light-colored rock characteristic of the Sierra Nevada is a granitic rock called granodiorite. A huge formation of this rock, called a batholith, lies within the Sierra. Some 400 miles long and up to 50 miles wide, the Sierra batholith is one of the largest in North America. More...