Maps and commentary by Ryan Stephens
Overview looking northeast over the KNP Complex:
The Key in the upper left corner of the map explains color shading in regards to heat intensity within the KNP Complex perimeter. Red dots show isolated heat. White perimeter line around the fire was yesterday’s fire perimeter. Giant Sequoia Groves are SHADED GREEN. Past 10 years of (Rx) prescribed fire is SHADED DARK BLUE👇
The northwest side of the KNP continued to grow yesterday in the direction of Wilsonia. As we can see on the map, here’s been a lot of Rx between the fire and WIlsonia. Not shown on the map are some fuel reduction projects and shaded fuel breaks put in the area between the fire and Wilsonia over the years.
The fire passed through the Big Springs grove and entered the Big Baldy Grove. Looks like things are on track to potentially reach the Redwood Mountain grove, which has had a significant amount of Rx. The bulk of the burns in this grove are 10-12 years old, so it will be interesting to see what kinds of effects we’ll see if it does reach the grove. Looking at the map, you’ll see red isolated heat dots in the Redwood Creek Grove, so crews are in there putting down fire in advance and prepping the grove. Also of note, the fire has now completely passed through the Muir, Pine Ridge and Skagway Groves.
*** 2pm on October 2 ~ Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks KNP Complex Facebook Update
Active fire behavior is being observed again in the northwest where the fire crossed the North Fork Kaweah River. The fire continues to progress to the north and west in this area. The fire is still holding to the north of Mineral King Road. Due to inaccessibility, firefighters are monitoring fire activity in the Castle Creek Grove area as the fire progresses to the east. Proactive tactical firing operations are occurring in the groves south of Redwood Mountain to reinforce containment lines and protect the groves. Tactical firing operations are also underway west of the Generals Highway along the northern perimeter to strengthen contingency lines.
Overview of the fire looking east:
White perimeter line around the fire was yesterday’s fire perimeter. Giant Sequoia Groves are SHADED GREEN. Past 10 years of (Rx) prescribed fire is SHADED DARK BLUE👇