Planned Projects

Photo of fire truck near a low intensity prescribed burn in mixed-conifer forest.
Mixed-conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada have a history of frequent fire. Park fire managers conduct prescribed burns to reduce logs and debris on the forest floor, thin the trees, and favor establishment of young sequoias and pines. This is a 2014 prescribed burn in Giant Forest.

NPS / Tony Caprio

The fire and fuels management program at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks helps protect ecosystems and communities. This important work is accomplished by restoring fire's natural role in the environment and by reducing the density of vegetation, or fuel loads.

Each year, managers prepare an Annual Fuels Treatment Plan that lists all the approved prescribed burns and mechanical fuel reduction projects that will help the parks accomplish goals.

If you are visiting the parks, be aware that fire and smoke can be present at any time. Since the execution of burns depends on air quality, local fire activity, fuel moistures, and weather, the times listed here are estimates only.

Fuels Projects Table

The table below identifies the planned projects for Calendar Year 2023 and their status. There are 10 projects planned for a total of 2,762 acres. Prescribed broadcast burns are planned for 2,201 acres, and manual thinning and/or pile burning is planned for 561 acres.
Location Unit Name Type Acres Date
Ash Mountain Ash Mountain Thin and Pile 4 May-June 2023
Ash Mountain Ash Mountain Burn 35 June 2023
Grant Grove Park Ridge Burn 560 July 2023
Grant Grove Grant Grove *subject to ongoing compliance approval Burn 521 October 2023
Mineral King/Atwell Deer Creek Burn 941 October-November 2023
Grant Grove Big Stump Pile Burn 80 Ongoing
Grant Grove Sequoia Creek Thin and Pile 20 July 2023 - ongoing
Mineral King/Atwell Atwell Thin and Pile 68 July 2023 - ongoing
Grant Grove Grant Grove Thin and Pile 168 July 2023 - ongoing
Redwood Meadow Redwood Meadow Grove Thin, Pile, Pile Burn 115 July 2023 for thin and pile, October-November for pile burning
Grant Grove Big Stump East Burn 144 Prep in 2023, burn in 2024

Last updated: May 15, 2023

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