Ask yourself the following questions:
Am I interested in observing a park fire?It is a tremendous opportunity to observe a prescribed or wildland fire. The parks make every effort to leave roads and trails open for visitor access to prescribed burns when conditions allow. If you take advantage of this opportunity, please observe all posted signs and follow instructions from firefighters on scene. We want you to have a positive experience learning about fire’s role in this ecosystem and your safety is very important to us. For information on current activities, go to News Releases. For information on possible upcoming projects, go to Planned Projects.
Am I sensitive to smoke?If you are very sensitive to or bothered by smoke and your destination in the parks has current fire activity, the parks encourage you to visit an alternate location in Sequoia or Kings Canyon where you will be more comfortable. You can still learn about the role of fire from ranger-led programs or visitor center exhibits. For information on current activities, go to News Releases.For information on possible upcoming projects, go to Planned Projects. (Special Note: Aside from smoke, certain summertime weather conditions in these national parks cause unhealthy air quality because of ozone. For more information, go to Air Resources Overview.)
Will I be having a campfire or near one?Most of our campgrounds allow campfires. Emissions from many simultaneous campfires can produce poor air quality on a local scale. This is especially true in the nighttime and early morning hours, when inversions trap and concentrate the smoke from those campfires at ground level. These conditions may affect some individuals, especially those with pre-existing health conditions (e.g. asthma).