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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. September 12, 2017– Two new lightning-caused fires were confirmed this morning by firefighters from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Both fires are being fully-suppressed due to location and vegetation-type. Each are approximately 1/10 of an acre in size.
The more visible of the two fires, the Moro Fire, is located south of Moro Rock on the western side of the ridge above 4,000 feet. Due to the ruggedness of the terrain, the parks’ helicopter is actively dropping water, while fire mangers are accessing the safest way to get firefighters on the ground.
Concurrently, firefighters have reached the Wolverton Fire, located south of the end of the Wolverton Parking Area and east of Long Meadow, and are actively putting a line around the fire. They are also being aided by the parks’ helicopter.
Over the last couple of days, the parks had significant lightning and are prepared to respond to additional fires if they are discovered.
There are no closures or impacts to the public at this time. Additional updates will be sent out if fire activity changes.
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.