July 29, 2016
Contact: Mike Theune
Contact: Rebecca Paterson
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 29, 2016 – Effective Monday, August 1, 2016, some of the trail closures associated with the Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon will be lifted. At that time, the Redwood Canyon Trail, the Sugarbowl Trail, and the Big Springs Trail will be reopened for visitor use. This will allow visitors to hike the full Sugarbowl Loop.
The Hart Tree Trail between Barton’s Cabin and the junction with the Big Springs Trail, as well as the entire interior of the Goliath Prescribed Burn Unit, will remain closed until further notice. The continued closures are in place to protect visitor safety. Please see visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4775/ for the trail map and additional information.
The Goliath Prescribed Burn unit is currently being patrolled on a daily basis by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks fire crews. Visitors to the newly reopened trails can expect to see firefighters, smoke, and burning or smoldering areas.
“I’m glad that we can start getting people down into Redwood Canyon to see the work we’ve been doing,” says Todd Bates, Fuels Management Specialist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon. “This has been a great opportunity to make the forest healthier, and to protect this historic grove from dangerous wildfires. It’s important for people to see what prescribed burning looks like.”
Visitors are strongly cautioned to observe all posted signs and stay on trails, while watching out for active fire, dense smoke, rolling debris, and falling trees and limbs. Visitors travel at their own risk. Smoke from the interior of the unit continues to dissipate as the remaining fuels are consumed. For more information about air quality and smoke, visit either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Fire Management Program
For over forty years, our mission has been to use the full range of options and strategies available to manage fire in the parks. This includes protecting park resources, employees, and the public from unwanted fire; building and maintaining fire resilient ecosystems; reducing the threat to local communities from wildfires emanating from the parks or adjacent lands; and recruiting, training, and retaining a professional fire management workforce.