Fire Dispatch

Sunlight shines through smoke next to a road with a wildland fire engine parked

NPS Photo - R. Paterson

Daily Situation Report

Today's Date: 11/18/2023
Parkwide Fire Danger Rating: MODERATE

Preparedness Levels
Geographic Area: 2
National: 1

Parkwide Staffing Level: 3

Fuels Burn Index (BI/ERC)
Ash Mountain BI: 236
Park Ridge ERC: 32
Cedar Grove BI: 185
Blackrock ERC: 32
Wolverton ERC: 36

Parkwide Duty Officer: Cristian Lopez

Three fire dispatchers at work in Ash Mountain Fire
Fire dispatchers are on duty from early spring until late fall.

NPS Photo - R. Paterson

The fire and aviation program at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks has its own dispatch center, separate from the dispatch center for general park operations. Known as Ash Mountain Fire, the parks’ fire dispatch center is located in the foothills of Sequoia National Park.

Ash Mountain Fire is staffed seasonally, usually from May through November, by one to two permanent dispatchers and one to two seasonal dispatchers. These employees play an indispensable role in the parks’ fire and aviation operations. Duties include tracking resources, ordering resources, coordinating with other agencies on emergency response, tracking helicopter flights, sending park employees to assist in out-of-park incident responses, and generally providing order and safety for the entire organization.

Seasonal positions in Ash Mountain Fire are a terrific point of entry into the field of dispatching and emergency management. The announcements for these jobs usually appear on in November. Ash Mountain Fire dispatchers have the opportunity to train and acquire a red card. However, this is not a requirement for the position. Additionally, there are often opportunities to work on two-week assignments at larger dispatch centers throughout busy fire seasons.

Firefighters gather for a briefing in a dirt parking lot under sequoia trees.
Dispatchers at Ash Mountain Fire are responsible for tracking all fire personnel and resources.

NPS Photo - R. Paterson

The Current Fire Information page can provide updates on fires in the parks.
Visit our Main Fire Page to learn more about the Fire and Aviation Management Program
in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Last updated: November 17, 2023

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