SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. July 27, 2018 – Park fire management officials resumed control of the Horse Creek Fire in the John Krebs Wilderness of Sequoia National Park this morning. The fire is currently 34 acres and 90% contained. Fire activity has reduced dramatically, with fire mostly smoldering and creeping with a few interior pockets of active flame.
The fire is staffed on the ground by a single crew engaged in patrol, mop-up, and reinforcing fire containment lines where necessary. Smoke from the area may be visible from the Mineral King Road for several days or weeks as interior pockets of fuel are consumed.
Effective today, overnight wilderness users will be able to begin trips from Mineral King-area trailheads, and walk-up permits are being issued for those trails again according to usual policy. The Atwell-Hockett Trail and the Tar Gap Trail have been reopened for regular use.
“We are very thankful to the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team for all their hard work,” says Sequoia Duty Officer Kelly Singer. “This fire had the potential to grow quickly and affect a lot of people. Thanks to the team, and to all the other ground and air resources, it’s in a very manageable place now.”
Firefighters will remain on the ground at the fire until a determination is made by fire management staff to withdraw them, at which point the fire will be patrolled by air.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are experiencing variable smoke impacts due to other fires in the state, including the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County. For daily updates on park air quality, visit go.nps.gov/sekiair.
This will be the last daily update for the Horse Creek Fire unless conditions significantly change.
Marissa Reis, Lead Interpretive Park Ranger at Mineral King, will be sending me the weekend's Ranger Programs, which I will post here as soon as I receive them. Let's support the Park Service and attend as many as we can! Great time to bring your cabin guests, as well.
Don't forget--this Saturday, July 21st is the 33rd annual Picnic in the Park, sponsored by the Mineral King Preservation Society. Meet at the Honeymoon Cabin at 12:00 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch, hat, folding chair or blanket, and enjoy hearing stories from our Mineral King pioneers. And be prepared to share some of your own!
Currently on eBay are 2 auctions for Stereoviews of what the seller claims is of Mineral King. I know for sure this one is of "Pogue Road" in East Mineral King (aka Beulah):
But she also claims this one is of Mineral King, too. I can't recall anything that looks like this--not Lookout Point, not the Ranger Stations at Atwell Mill or Mineral King. Maybe another part of Sequoia National Park?