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KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 17, 2017 – Following a successful test burn this afternoon, and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, the Cedar East Prescribed Burn has started in Kings Canyon National Park. Three to four days of ignitions are planned.
This final segment will complete the Cedar East Prescribed Burn, which was begun in Cedar Grove in April 2017.
The segment is located east of the Road’s End Permit Station, and primarily south of the Kings River.
The purpose of this 192-acre prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and restore/maintain the natural fire cycle in the Cedar Grove. The historic fire return interval in this area is approximately once every three to ten years. In total, 553-acres will be treated.
Throughout the burn, the south side of the Kanawyer Loop will be closed. Trail escorts will be performed through the north side for visitors wishing to access or return from wilderness areas via Road’s End. All facilities such as campgrounds, lodges, and public areas remain on schedule for previously determined closing dates.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District to coordinate and regulate smoke contributions to the airshed. For more information about air quality in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks visit go.nps.gov/sekiair. For regional information about air quality visit www.valleyair.org.
For updates about the Cedar East Prescribed Burn visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5162/.