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Monday, October 10, 2016

CA-SQF Dorst USFS 187-acre Prescribed Burn

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Dorst Prescribed Burn Map

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks > Dorst Prescribed Burn

Incident Overview

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 7, 2016 – Following a conditions assessment by park fire ecologists and firefighters, dates have been confirmed for the Dorst Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park. Ignitions on the prescribed burn will begin on Monday, October 10, and continue for 2 to 3 days. Weather forecasts and recent fuel moisture samples show that this timetable will provide the best opportunity for a successful burn with minimized smoke impacts.

This 187-acre prescribed burn will reintroduce fire into an area where it was unnaturally excluded for decades, restoring the area to a more natural density of fuels and vegetation. Robert Sanders, Fire Management Officer for Sequoia National Park, says, “The Dorst Prescribed Burn will create a healthier watershed and forest by removing a lot of the ground fuels that have built up over the years. History has shown that by including prescribed fire in our land management, we are working with nature instead of against it.”

The burn unit is located adjacent to Dorst Campground, which is currently closed for the remainder of the year, and south and west of the Generals Highway. Smoke is likely to be present on the Generals Highway, and may cause delays or short-term closures if visibility becomes impaired. Visitors should expect to see firefighters, smoke, and fire activity in this area and are asked to drive carefully. Depending on dispersion, the town of Three Rivers may experience smoke impacts at night during ignitions.

The trail between Lost Grove and Dorst Campground and the Muir Grove Trail will be closed during ignitions and the burn-down period afterwards. The reopening of these trails will be contingent on evaluation by fire management personnel and will be announced in subsequent news releases.

Basic Information

Current as of 10/9/2016, 1:26:39 PM
Incident Type Prescribed Fire
Date of Origin Monday October 10th, 2016 approx. 11:00 AM
Location Sequoia National Park - North and west of the Dorst Creek Campground
Incident Commander Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Current Situation
Size 187 Acres

Outlook/Planned Actions
This prescribed burn is scheduled to start on Monday, October 10, 2016

Trail closures will be in effect during the prescribed burn. Please see the Trail Closure Map under Maps.

Fire Information Office
Phone: 559-565-3703
Hours: 0900 - 1600

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