Fire Education and Information
Wildfire Information and Impacts
Wildfires in Southern Oregon and other parts of Northern California get a lot of media attention. It is recommended that you check CA road conditions, as well as the current wildfire information before you start traveling here. Be safe and know before you go.
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 Francisco 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".
The 2021 fires in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were more than 500-miles from our location. The "fires in the redwoods" as 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 Francisco.
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: October 26, 2021