Prescribed burn notices for local forests

By Jake Lee Green
Kern Valley Sun

Fire management staff within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are preparing for prescribed burns in the wake of fall’s cooler temperatures. The three major projects on the list for each park is the Grant Grove area for the Park Ridge Prescribed Burn, final sections of the Cedar Central Prescribed Burn in the Cedar Grove area, and the Sherman Prescribed Burn in the Giant Forest area.

October 1 marks the proposed date of the burn. The final segment of the Sherman Prescribed burn will be scheduled for as long as a month with ignitions being utilized consecutively on weekdays. Weather will be a determining factor in the exact dates of said burns. No closures of trails within the park have been scheduled during this burn.

In July fire management treated a portion of the Giant Forest area and are going to complete a 244-acre segment under the Sherman Prescribed Burn. The segment, which is west of the Generals Highway, sits nearly two miles north of the Giant Forest Museum.

Burn Boss Andrew Cremers states, “We took advantage of a great opportunity to get prescribed burning done in the Giant Forest area this summer. However, we didn’t treat this segment at that time, because we wanted to break up and manage our smoke production, so it wasn’t all going into the air-shed at once, and also be mindful of impacts to visitors’ experiences in such a busy area of the park. With the final segment treated, we’ll have good buffers of reduced vegetation in place to protect the Giant Forest from destructive wildfires in the future.”