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Contact: Alexis Brooks, 559-565-3703
Fire crews plan to begin ignitions on the North Boundary Prescribed Burn in Kings Canyon National Park on Wednesday, October 8, weather and air quality conditions permitting.
The 242 acre unit is located in the northeast portion of Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. The unit is north of Panorama Point Road and Crystal Springs Campground and east of Highway 180. Ignitions will likely last three to four days.
There is no recorded fire history within the burn area; therefore, this prescribed fire is considered to be a restoration burn. Historically, the fire return interval in the mixed conifer vegetation type in this area is approximately once every fifteen years. With completion of the burn, the entire Grant Grove area will be encircled by a fire break, providing protection from unwanted fire for residents and visitors.
The Panoramic Point Road will be temporarily closed during ignition operations. The northern segment of the Crystal Springs Trail and North Boundary Trail east of Highway 180 will remain closed during the duration of the burn. All closures will remain in place until they are determined to be free of hazards. All other trails in the Grant Grove area are expected to remain open. Highway 180 will remain open with possible delays due to smoke.
Throughout the project, fire managers will work closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to manage smoke production and reduce local impacts. However, visitors and residents of Grant Grove, Wilsonia, Hume Lake and Sequoia Lake should anticipate smoke from this project, especially in the late evening and morning hours when inversion patterns that hold the smoke in the valleys.
Would you like more information about fire? Go to www.nps.gov/seki and click on Fire in the Parks under Quicklinks.