Sheep Fire in Kings Canyon National Park Spreads Beyond 1,800 Acres
A fire sparked by lightning in mid-July has grown to more than 1,800 acres in Kings Canyon National Park. And while it's not threatening visitors or property, the blaze is pumping out smoke across the Cedar Grove area, according to park officials.
Additionally, the "Sheep Fire" has spread onto the Sequoia National Forest on the western flank.
Firefighters have used back-burns to reduce fuels near the Cedar Grove Valley, according to fire bosses, and a "holding line has also been constructed along the ridge to Lookout Peak in an effort to mitigate smoke impacts in the Kings River drainage."
This fire is located in the southern cliffs above Cedar Grove. The fire has backed down to the Cedar Grove Valley and is active on the south and west flanks, according to park officials. Fire behavior includes "backing fire with some isolated active pockets and occasional torching," they said.
Visitors to the Cedar Grove area have been told to anticipate smoke settling into the valley in the late evening and early morning hours. This is based upon inversion patterns that hold the smoke in the valley. As the day warms and the inversion breaks, smoke should lift out of the valley, park officials said.
Only one trail -- the Don Cecil Trail, from its trailhead at Cedar Grove to the park boundary -- has been closed due to the fire.