Human-caused fire discovered in giant sequoia grove

The Fallen Goliath wildfire was discovered Wednesday, April 23. It is located along the southern edge of the Hart Tree Loop Trail, about three miles from the trailhead, in the Redwood Canyon area of Kings Canyon National Park.

The fire has been determined to be human-caused. It is burning in the Fallen Goliath and has been confined to the immediate area.

The Fallen Goliath is a dead and down sequoia in the Redwood Mountain Grove that has been on the ground since recorded history. Firefighters completed construction of fire line around the log to limit the spread of the fire to the surrounding area.

The interior of the large giant sequoia log is still actively burning and will be difficult to extinguish. The storms last week hampered firefighters’ accessibility to the area, but they returned to the area this week to continue suppression efforts.

While the Hart Tree Loop Trail continues to be open to visitor use, hikers should be aware of significant hazards associated with active fire areas. Visitors using the trail are asked to move quickly through the area to minimize exposure.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The National Park Service is requesting that anyone who was hiking either the Hart Tree Loop or Redwood Saddle trails anytime during April to contact the park tip-line at 888-NPS-CRIME (888-677-2746).

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