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