The Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and neighboring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks experienced thunderstorm activity this week. Hundreds of lightning strikes started over two dozen fires, most were less than an acre in size. Forest Service Fire Lookouts watched the storms come through the area and then monitored the mountains with binoculars to see if any fires were started by the lightning strikes. Firefighters are currently assigned to each fire and are working to put them out.
At this time there are no trail or road closures in place. Visitors are urged to be cautious when traveling due to debris on the road from large amounts of rain the past few days, along with swollen creeks, or during periods of severe weather associated with thunderstorms. Lightning caused fires can go undetected for days or weeks until forest materials dry enough to allow flames to spread to the surface.
Please see attached articles regarding specific fire locations and names. The photograph is the Cane Fire which burned 23 acres in the Domeland Wilderness on the Kern River Ranger District. As you can see from the photo, the terrain was extremely steep and too difficult to have firefighters access from the ground, this fire was succesfully slowed by air attack planes and helicopters.
New lightning caused fires continue to appear as the fuels dry out. Anticipate more fires to be discovered over next several days.
Safely manage all fires as they are discovered.