The fire and fuels management program at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks tries to protect ecosystems and communities. This important work is accomplished by restoring fire's natural role in the environment and by reducing hazardous fuels.
Fuels Projects TableThe table below identifies the planned projects for Calendar Year 2022 and their status. There are 11 projects planned for a total of 3,493 acres. Prescribed broadcast burns are planned for 3,196 acres and manual thin and pile for 301 acres.
2021 Fire Season
Most of the parks' planned fuels reduction projects could not be completed in 2021 due to drought that impacted burning conditions, and a very active fire season in California, Oregon, and Washington that reduced staffing levels for planned projects. In September 2021, a lightning storm ignited two fires in Sequoia National Park in rugged terrain with limited access. These fires burned together to become the KNP Complex Fire. This fire was a major focus for local park staff as well as interagency management teams who provided support in fire suppression efforts. Learn more about this fire on the KNP Complex Fire web page.
2021 Ash Mountain
Last updated: September 30, 2022