Moraine Fire Update

Moraine Fire Update
The Moraine Fire was discovered on August 21; one week later it has grown to 50 acres mostly creeping and smoldering in large dead and down fuels. NPS photo
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August, 28, 2020 – The Moraine Fire was discovered on August 21st. after substantial lightning occurred over the area.  It is located within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness south of Palmer Peak and 1/2 mile east of Avalanche Pass Trail on the north side of Moraine Creek. Moraine Fire Update

The fire is 50 acres in size with the most active perimeter being on the north northeast edge. Fire behavior is creeping and smoldering through very large dead and down ground fuels up to 6 feet in diameter and burning in areas with large standing dead trees.
The park is using a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, creeks, and other natural barriers as containment lines, because of the large amount of dead standing trees, it is dangerous to have firefighters working directly on the fire’s edge. By using this method fire managers are reducing exposure to firefighters and minimizing suppression impacts in the wilderness. Moraine Fire Update
The park is working with the local air quality districts. Smoke will be visible near the fire area and from high country vistas however, smoke from regional wildfires in the state of California may affect visibility over the area. Moraine Fire Update
All trails in the area remain open. However, please use caution and follow all posted trail signs.
Fire updates will be produced once a week unless significant fire activity occurs. For the most up to date fire information follow the link to Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov and search Moraine Fire.
Moraine Fire Update
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