Porterville, CA – Thursday evening, dozens of lightning strikes ignited eleven new wildfires in Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest. Forest officials are actively responding with available fire personnel to fully suppress these new fires. Aerial reconnaissance is underway to assess current fires and look for additional fire starts.

With both the French and Walkers Fires nearby, available resources are being diverted to support where most needed. Additional information will be provided to the public as it becomes available.

When first assessing a fire’s potential, several risk factors are considered when devising and implementing a strategy, such as firefighter safety, community safety, and availability of firefighting assets. The Forest Service always prioritizes the safety of its firefighters and surrounding communities.

During difficult seasons such as this one, firefighting resources are limited, requiring risk assessment of multiple fires that are competing for limited resources.

The Sequoia National Forest currently has a full Forest closure in place through September 17, 2021, unless otherwise terminated or extended. https://www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia