Terrain Satellite
Moraine
FIRE
558
acres
17.8 mi
ENE of Sequoia National Park, CA
70%
contained
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
19 mins, 26 secs ago
Incident #:
2020-NWCG-7089
Fire Start:
Friday, August 21, 2020 2:00 PM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 16 hours, 4 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Moraine Fire

The Moraine Fire was discovered on August 21 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. It is located within the Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness, southeast of Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park. There is no threat to life or property at this time and Cedar Grove remains open to day use visitation.

The fire is creeping and smoldering with some isolated tree torching through large dead and down ground fuels and continuing to burn in areas with standing dead trees. Firefighters are using minimum impact suppression tactics, commonly known as MIST, to contain the fire while reducing their impact to the wilderness. This includes utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, and other natural barriers as containment lines.

Wilderness travel is still allowed in this area with a valid wilderness permit. All trails in the area remain open.  However, please use caution and follow all posted trail signs.

The park is working with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Smoke will be visible near and from high-country vistas. Smoke from regional wildfires in the State of California may also affect visibility over the area.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Current Conditions Webpage

Air Quality Information from San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Current Air Quality from AirNow.Gov

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Friday August 21st, 2020 approx. 09:00 PM
Location:
South of Palmer Peak , 1/2 mile east of Avalanche Pass Trail on the north side of Moraine Creek
Incident Commander:
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks IMT (Type 4)
Coordinates:
36.718, -118.557

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
20
Size (Acres):
558
Containment:
70%
Fuels Involved:
High elevation conifers, forest litter, dead and down woody debris, standing dead trees, and understory vegetation.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
A wildland fire module is on scene and will monitor fire behavior, fire growth, and scout areas around the perimeter of the fire.

Firefighters are taking advantage of opportunities to conduct tactical firing operations along the perimeter, while utilizing natural barriers, to further secure containment.
Remarks:
Day use access to Cedar Grove remains open as previously scheduled.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information Office
Email: seki_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 559-565-3704
Hours: M-F- 9-5
Fire Unit Information
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271