Prescribed Burn underway

Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon Has Started

submitted by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
June 13

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 11, 2016 – After a successful test fire and determination by the parks’ burn boss and fire management staff, the Goliath Prescribed Burn has started in Redwood Canyon located in Kings Canyon National Park. The prescribed burn is scheduled to last for approximately four to five days.

At 759 acres, the purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem.  Redwood Canyon is home to the largest giant sequoia grove in the world. A prescribed burn is one of the only natural means to prepare a mineral soil seed bed, which giant sequoias require to regenerate; the other being a lightning-caused fire when conditions may not be as ideal.

Smoke impacts can be expected in Redwood Canyon and the Kings Canyon Overlook area during the day and towards the North Fork of the Kaweah River at night.  The Generals Highway and Redwood Saddle Road should not experience any delays.  Depending on weather, the Montecito-Sequoia Lodge may experience smoke impacts at night. 

The parks fire management program would like to remind the public that all trails surrounding the burn unit will have restricted access during ignition and through the burn down period. While this prescribed burn is surrounded in its entirety by the Redwood Canyon and Hart Tree Trails, if safe to do so, firefighters may be able to escort visitors along a short section of the Redwood Canyon Trail between the Sugar Bowl and Hart Tree Trails.

For more information on this prescribed fire please, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/797/. There, the public can find information about the prescribed burn, updates about the progress, maps, and photos.