Jul 11, 2022

Yosemite's giant sequoias: Wildfire threatens world's largest trees

The blaze, which started on 7 July, threatens at least 500 giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove, including the famed Grizzly Giant which is thought to be around 3,000 years old. For now, none of them have been destroyed by the fire. The Yosemite fire and aviation management department said it was "Proactively protecting" the grove by setting up a sprinkler system to increase humidity around the trees and by removing potential fuels from the site. The Washburn Fire has already forced nearly 1,600 people to evacuate the area, including the Wawona community located inside the national park and hundreds of campers staying close to Wawona. Fire officials say that warm and dry weather conditions are making it difficult to control the flames.

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