Firefighters wrap fire blankets around old trees in the world-famous Sequoia National Park in California. Officials fear wildfires in the state could reach the giant forest, home to some of the world’s largest trees, within hours.
The Giant Forest is home to about 2,000 redwoods, including the 83-meter General Sherman, the largest tree on Earth by volume. The tree is about 2500 years old.
More than 350 firefighters, helicopters and planes have been mobilized to fight the California wildfires. Many trees, including General Sherman, were wrapped in aluminum foil in an effort to protect them from fire.
“It’s a very important area for a lot of people, so a lot of effort is being put into protecting this forest,” Rebecca Patterson, a spokeswoman for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, told the newspaper. Los Angeles Times. Fortunately, there is also good news. Experts say redwoods are “highly fire-resistant” and “evolved to withstand fire.”
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lit by lightning
The fires now burning in California were ignited by lightning. It’s the latest in a long summer of fires across the state of the United States.
There have been more than 7,400 wildfires in California this year, burning more than 2.2 million acres. The cause of the fires is a combination of high temperatures and extreme drought.
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