Ignitions started for Cedar Central Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burns in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are used to treat woodlands to reduce the risk of wildfires, restore nutrients, open the forest canopy, and create conditions for more desirable plant growth. (National Park Service photo)

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12— Fire staff completed ignitions on the last segment of the Cedar Central Prescribed Burn unit for a total of 218 acres treated since Monday. With ignitions complete, firefighters will continue to patrol the area as vegetation inside the unit burns down. There will continue to be smoke and flame within the unit.

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Following a successful test burn Monday morning, June 10, and a determination by the burn boss and fire management staff, ignitions have begun on the Cedar Central Prescribed Burn in Kings Canyon National Park. Three days of ignitions are planned.

The Cedar Central Prescribed Burn is located in Cedar Grove, east of Moraine Campground, north of Highway 180, and south and west of the Kings River.

The purpose of this 218-acre prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and restore or maintain the natural fire cycle in the Cedar Grove. This area was last treated with prescribed burning in 2010. The current prescribed burn mimics the historic fire return interval in this area, which is approximately three to 10 years.

Closures

Some visitor attractions, such as the historic Knapp Cabin, within the burn segment will be closed to the public the duration of the fire and until fire personnel consider the area safe.

Smoke impacts

Smoke is expected to be limited to the Cedar Grove area and will lessen as fuels within the prescribed burn area are consumed and ultimately self-extinguish. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District to coordinate and regulate smoke contributions to the airshed.

If you have camping reservations

If you choose to cancel your reservation, all requests for refunds must be done through recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777 at least 72 hours before your arrival date.

 

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