Park Service Announces 2021 Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park, California
June 6, 2021 – SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif .– Following a successful burn test and with the agreement of fire management personnel and park officials, the 2021 Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn has begun. Ignitions will continue each day until June 9, 2021.
During prescribed burns, fire managers are constantly taking weather readings and monitoring fire behavior to ensure that projects like this are not only carried out safely, but are also meeting goals. Crews are ready to stop ignitions if conditions become unsuitable for burning, and to resume when conditions return to a suitable range. Ignitions on this prescribed burn occur early in the morning to take advantage of cooler temperatures.
The 2021 Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn consists of 12 segments, totaling approximately 40 acres between the Sequoia National Park Entrance Station and the Foothills Visitor Center, 1 mile inside of the park.
Information about this prescribed burn will be posted on the parks website, social media pages and Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7505
Visitors can see smoke, an active fire, and firefighters during the burn, and are encouraged to drive slowly and follow all firefighter instructions. The impacts of the smoke are expected to be minimal and of short duration, as the vegetation in the unit is mainly made up of fine fuels which will be consumed quickly. Visitors can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org.
About the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Fire Management Program
For over fifty years, our mission has been to use the full range of options and strategies available to manage park fires. This includes protecting park resources, employees and the public from unwanted fires; building and maintaining fire-resistant ecosystems; reduce the threat to local communities from forest fires emanating from parks or adjacent lands; and the recruitment, training and retention of a professional fire management workforce.