Smoke From Prescribed Burn on Westside Could Remain Visible for a Few Weeks

Staff Writer

On Thursday afternoon, June 16 in Kings Canyon National Park, ignitions were completed on the Goliath Prescribed Burn located in Redwood Canyon. The total area treated since work started Saturday evening is 760 acres, according to park officials.

Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Ben Jacobs said, “This project has been thirteen years in the making. Being able to return fire to an area where it has been absent for over a hundred years means so much. We are humbled that the work done here will ensure the Redwood Canyon Grove of giant sequoias will be here for future generations.”

All out of park resources will be released, while local Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks firefighters will remain on scene over the next several days to monitor fire behavior, according to a news release.

Immediately after, fire patrols will take place for several weeks to confirm the area is safe for visitors to return. Therefore, the Redwood Canyon and Hart Tree Trails will remain closed. The Sugar Bowl Trail is open to visitors with firefighter escorts including the section of the Redwood Canyon Trail in between the Sugar Bowl and Hart Tree Trails. It is not recommended to camp overnight due to smoke considerations.

Smoke from the interior of the unit will remain visible for a number of weeks as well and should dissipate in volume as the remaining fuels continue to be consumed. The time frame for the smoke to completely dissipate is unknown at this time due to the rapid changes in weather in the Sierra Nevada. Visitors can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org.

For more information on this prescribed fire please, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/797/. There, the public can find information about the prescribed burn, updates about the progress, maps, and photos.

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