Fire Education and Information
Current Wildfire Information and Impacts
The "fires in the redwoods" seen on the news in August 2020 were 400-miles south of us at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and at other locations south of San Fransisco.
California is a very large state and during fire season news reports may make it seem that the whole state is burning. That is not the case. Redwood National and State Parks is located hundreds of miles north of San Fransisco and what the media refers to as "Northern California fires". During fire season, concerned visitors wonder if wildfires are impacting us - and whether it is safe to visit. Often, there is nothing for our staff to report apart from "It's all quiet here".
Stay Upto Date With Fire News
The following sites provide upto date information on smoke / air quality, wildfire locations and size, and current conditions at the redwoods - and across the nation.
Prescribed Fire In The Redwood ParksSince time immemorial, humans have used fire to manage landscapes now within the parks' boundaries. Learn about how and why we use prescribed fire in the parks.
Fire Management Planning
Fire Management Plan FONSI Press Release (2005) (Microsoft Word document, 35 KB)
The 2010 Fire Management Plan (FMP) has guided fire management actions in the national park. Actions in the 2010 FMP include increasing the total acres of prescribed fire from about 4,400 acres to about 6,800 acres, with new prescribed fire units in the Crescent and Enderts Beach areas south of Crescent City to restore grasslands and reduce alien invasive plant species; elarging shaded fuel breaks near Orick and Hiouchi; and constructing a new break around the Howland Hills Outdoor School in Del Norte Country. To request copies of the 2010 Redwood National and State Parks fire management plan, please e-mail us.
Last updated: January 21, 2021