Se­quoia Creek in­ter­a­gency pre­scribed burn com­pleted

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Se­quoia and Kings Canyon Na­tional Parks and Se­quoia Na­tional For­est per­son­nel have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the Se­quoia Creek Pre­scribed Burn, the U.S. For­est Ser­vice re­ported. The com­pleted acreage is 264-acres. The planned acreage was 264-acres, with 55-acres in Se­quoia Na­tional For­est and 209-acres in Kings Canyon Na­tional Park. A por­tion of the South Bound­ary and Hitch­cock Meadow Trails and Big Stump Pic­nic Area will re­main closed un­til con­di­tions are de­ter­mined safe for ac­cess by the fire man­age­ment staff. All other trails in Grant Grove are open.

Smoke will con­tinue to be vis­i­ble in­side the pre­scribed burn unit and may be smelled or seen in Grant Grove, Wil­so­nia, and along por­tions of High­way 180 dur­ing the day and in the Se­quoia Lake area and the High­way 245 cor­ri­dor at night.

“Pre­scribed burns re­duce fuel loads in the for­est, in­crease wa­ter­shed health, and re­duce the like­li­hood of high-in­ten­sity wild­fires,” said Tony Caprio, lead re­source ad­viser for the Se­quoia Creek Pre­scribed Burn. “Low-in­ten­sity fires are needed for Gi­ant Se­quoia seed dis­per­sal, as the cones open in fire, and the seeds fall into min­eral-rich ash re­quired for ger­mi­na­tion.”

Work­ing to­gether, Se­quoia Na­tional For­est and Kings Canyon Na­tional Park can ef­fec­tively re­store a mul­ti­fac­eted ecosys­tem in this fire-prone re­gion. Fund­ing for this project was made pos­si­ble through a part­ner­ship agree­ment un­der the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior Wild­land Fire Re­silient Land­scapes Pro­gram to ad­dress the holis­tic ap­proach of fire and fu­els man­age­ment in the Grant Grove Penin­sula and Area.

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