For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Rebecca Paterson, Fire Communication and Education Specialist​
Phone: (559) 769 5390
  Reference Number: 8550-2338

Fall and Winter Pile Burns Planned in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif., 15 October 2023 – Fire management staff at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are preparing to begin burning piles of cut vegetation in multiple locations throughout the parks. The work will be ongoing as conditions allow from October 21 – December 1, 2023. 

The upcoming pile burning will dispose of cut materials generated by restorative thinning and defensible space work conducted throughout the past two years. These projects provide zones of reduced fuels, which promote healthier conditions for giant sequoias and other species, and provide protection for structures and popular visitation areas. The zones of reduced fuels also make for safer and more effective firefighting in the event of future unplanned wildfires and prepare the areas for possible broadcast prescribed burns in the future.  

 Pile burning is planned in the Big Stump, Grant Grove, and Sequoia Creek areas of Kings Canyon National Park, and the Lodgepole area of Sequoia National Park, as well as at established slash dumps in the Ash Mountain, Dorst, and Grant Grove areas.  

 Throughout the duration of the project, visitors to the parks may see smoke, burning piles, firefighters, and firefighting apparatus along the roadway. Specific timing for the work will be dependent upon environmental prescription parameters, air quality windows, and staffing levels. 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks work with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District to coordinate and regulate smoke contributions to the airshed. For air quality information and detailed particulate matter tracking, visit For regional information about air quality, visit 

[SOURCE: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks]