2019 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

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Fish Fire 7/18

Post by maverick » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:27 am

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Acreage: 77, Containment: 75%, Rate of Spread/Potential: Low/Minimal

Cause: Unknown/Investigation in progress, Personnel: 130, Injuries: 0, Closures: Precautionary Fish Creek Campground

Activity – Overnight fire behavior was at a low, allowing fire crews to gain ground in the suppression actions toward containment of the Fish Fire. Activity remains concentrated to the east flank where crews continue to keep the fire from entering the San Joaquin River drainage.


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Springs Fire 8/5

Post by maverick » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:12 pm

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Stage 1 Fire Restriction in Effect 8/5

Post by maverick » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:14 pm


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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect August 5, 2019
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 1, 2019 – Due to decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to late season rains in the Kaweah River drainage, along with current moderate-high fire danger and entering into the hottest part of the year, fire danger is even more of a concern. Therefore, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be effective at noon on August 5, 2019.

“Hotter temperatures have cured annual grasses at lower elevations creating a greater risk for wildfire in our foothill areas,” said Ned Kelleher, Chief Ranger for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “In areas where campfires are still permitted, visitors should keep fires small and fully extinguish them when unattended.”

The purpose of fire restrictions is to reduce the risk of unwanted human-caused wildfire in high-risk areas this time of year.

Therefore, directed by the Superintendent of the parks, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be effective at 12:00 p.m. on August 5, 2019.

- Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in South Fork campground. All fires and stoves are allowed in all other campgrounds.

- Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited below 6,000 feet in wilderness. Year-round elevation/site-specific wilderness fire restrictions also apply.

- Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in Hospital Rock and Ash Mountain picnic areas. All fires and stoves are allowed in all other designated picnic areas.

- Smoking is also prohibited below 6,000 feet, except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, or a designated smoking area.

- Gas, propane, alcohol (with and without a shutoff valve) and tablet/cube stoves are still permitted in all areas.


For information on the other fire restriction stage levels, please visit go.nps.gov/sekifirerestrictions
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Springs Fire 8/8 Update

Post by maverick » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:29 am

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Springs Fire Update 8/14

Post by maverick » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:13 pm

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Re: 2019 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Post by SSSdave » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:56 am

Amazing that we are now past mid August and so far this summer has had the least air quality and smoke impacts in the Sierra in over a decade. With the 3 day hot spell that ended yesterday, I had been afraid a big fire was going to appear as they usually do as I'm set to visit the Eastern Sierra. In any case all this has a way of changing rapidly and in fact another short hot spell is forecast for later this week. General air quality over the San Joaquin Valley that then blows east over the Sierra has also not been better than usual.

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Spring Fire Update 8/19

Post by maverick » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:28 am

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Spring Fire Update 8/21

Post by maverick » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:59 pm


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