A lightning-sparked fire continues to burn in Sequoia National Park. Covering more than 800 acres and forcing the closure of Crystal Cave, the fire is only about 30 percent contained.
The fire was started September 10 in an area of the park about 12 miles north-northeast of Three Rivers, California.
The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and dry, receptive fuels. Crews reportedly are making good progress on the north side of the fire, and are heavily supported by air resources. They are beginning to build indirect fire line on the east flank of the fire in order to stop it at Generals Highway. Brushing (clearing hazard fuels) and thinning will begin today in preparation for proactive burning operations (firing operations) along the road.
In addition to the closure of Crystal Cave and Crystal Cave Road, officials have closed the Muir Grove Trail from the trailhead at the Dorst Campground.