On July 29, 2021, Sequoia Kings Canyon National parks experienced heavy thunderstorms that ignited five known lightning fires in the Park.
The Timber Fire is located in Mineral King Valley, near the trail headed towards Timber Gap. Smoke may be visible from Mineral King.
The Park is using a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, hand line construction and other natural barriers as containment lines. By using this method fire managers are reducing exposure to firefighters and minimizing suppression impacts in the wilderness.
The park is working with the local air quality districts. Smoke will be visible near the fire locations and from high country vistas however, smoke from regional wildfires in the state of California may affect visibility over the area.
All trails in the area remain open. However, please use caution and follow all posted trail signs. There are no current threats to the Public or Park infrastructure.
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