RX Fire: Cedar East Omnibus and Lewis Camp | 1

Incident Summary | After a successful test fire burn this afternoon in the Kings Canyon National Park, Fire Managers decided to start a full prescribed burn shortly afterwards.

This is the first prescribed burn of 2017 in Cedar Grove, California located in Kings Canyon National Park. Spring weather has brought right conditions and lower temperatures making the best time of year.  The prescribed fire will occur over the next five days.

Acreage | 597 acres of mixed conifer is due to be cleared by fire.  As of 4/22/2017, 150 acres have been burned.

Purpose | Prescribed fires are  is to reduce hazardous fuel loading and restore/maintain the natural fire cycle in the Cedar Grove.

Impacts | Holding the prescribed burn at this time of year also reduces the impacts to visitors as the road to Cedar Grove has been closed since last fall. This prescribed burn will not impact the scheduled opening date of Cedar Grove to the public on April 28 at 12:00 pm. All facilities such as campgrounds, lodges, and public areas remain on schedule for previously determined open dates.

History | “The 2015 Rough Fire not only showed how effective prescribed burning is in reducing tree mortality and fire severity, but also demonstrated how treated areas can slow down and stop a massive wildfire. Having previous and recent fire history in Cedar Grove, $100’s of millions in assets such as campgrounds, wastewater treatment facilities, roads, employee and concession housing, and the Cedar Grove Lodge were saved,” said Todd Bates, Fuels Management Specialist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.”

The historic fire return interval in this area is approximately once every three to ten years.

Photography | Courtesy:  Inciweb.  Photo of Day 1’s prescribed fire burns.

Low-intensity fire reduces ladder fuels and ensures a healthy forest.

Personnel | 23 personnel are assigned to this prescribed fire.

Social Media | #CaRXBurn2017

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