For Immediate Release: May 31, 2024                          

Contact: Amanda Wilson, Fire Public Information Officer

Phone: (559) 565-3719


Reference Number: 8550-2409

2024 Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn Scheduled for June 2 & 3

Smoke impacts are expected to be localized and relatively brief

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS – Firefighters plan to begin ignitions on the 2024 Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn in the foothills of Sequoia National Park on Sunday, June 2. Two days of ignitions are planned. This project consists of 19 acres of broadcast prescribed burning and an additional 20 acres of non-fire fuels reduction (using weed whips, chainsaws, etc.).  

The Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn is broken into 12 segments adjacent to developed areas in the foothills of Sequoia National Park. This prescribed burn takes place most years, and reduces highly flammable, fast-drying vegetation such as tall grasses near roads and infrastructure. This improves defensible space and reduces the risk of accidental ignitions in these busy areas during the hot summer season. 

Firefighters from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are joined by crews from CALFIRE and Tulare County Fire. Prescribed burns offer valuable opportunities to share resources, skills, and knowledge across jurisdictions under non-emergent conditions. 

Visitors to the parks may see active fire, smoke, firefighters, and firefighting equipment along the roadways during ignitions on the prescribed burns. Please drive carefully, do not stop your car in the road or close to active fire activities, and be mindful of signage and directions from employees.

Smoke impacts are expected to be localized and relatively brief, as there is little heavy, woody fuel within the burn areas. Research shows that regular prescribed burns produce less smoke than wildfire in areas where fire has been excluded. Visitors can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting

The prescribed burn areas may remain closed for several days post-ignitions to ensure that fire-related hazards have been mitigated to a reasonable extent. The dates for the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn are subject to change, due primarily to predicted weather.

[SOURCE: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks]