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Cedar Central Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Cedar Grove

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avatar Cedar Central Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Cedar Grove
June 09, 2019 12:49PM
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 3, 2019 – Starting on Monday, June 10, fire staff from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are planning to conduct the first prescribed burn of calendar year 2019 in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. The Cedar Central Prescribed Burn is located east of Moraine Campground, north of Highway 180, and south and west of the Kings River. Ignitions on the 218-acre Cedar Central Prescribed Burn are expected to take three days.

During the ignition period, firefighters will be working along Highway 180. Visitors are asked to drive slowly, use caution at night, and follow directions from firefighters and rangers. Additionally, visitors should expect to see smoldering logs and wispy smoke as fuels in the area continue to burn down after ignitions are over.

Historic fire return interval in this area averages every three to ten years. The purpose of this prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and maintain the natural fire cycle in Cedar Grove. This specific unit last had a prescribed burn in 2010.

“Cedar Grove is a highly-visited and remote area of Kings Canyon National Park,” said Andrew Cremers, Cedar Central Prescribed Burn Boss Trainee. “By having contemporary fire history, the area becomes more sustainable ecologically, safer for the public and firefighters during wildfires, and is a much more cost-effective approach to fire management.”

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to coordinate and regulate smoke contributions to the airshed. For more information about air quality in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks visit https://go.nps.gov/sekiair. For regional information about air quality, visit http://www.valleyair.org.

For updates about the Cedar Central Prescribed Burn, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6353/.
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