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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 10:24 AM

Fire crews struggling to save California giant sequoias

Source: AP

By NOAH BERGER and JOHN ANTCZAK

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped for protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson said.

The aluminum wrapping can withstand intensive heat for short periods. Federal officials say they have been using the material for several years throughout the U.S. West to protect sensitive structures from flames. Near Lake Tahoe, some homes that were wrapped in protective material survived a recent wildfire while others nearby were destroyed.

The Colony Fire, one of two burning in Sequoia National Park, was expected to reach the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, at some point within days, fire officials said.



A member of the Roosevelt Hotshot Crew clears a firebreak while battling the Windy Fire on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, on the Tule River Reservation, Calif. His crew, which travelled from Colorado, has been battling California wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)


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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 11:34 AM

1. Noooooooo

Breaks my heart. Love that place.

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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 02:52 PM

2. The General Sherman Tree is incredibly impressive

Makes you feel like you're just a bug.

If the fires are headed into Sequoia, then they will also hit Kings Canyon National Park. I used to live in that area. I have friends there. So far, its been pretty far away, but I need to check in with them again.

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Fri Sep 17, 2021, 03:52 PM

3. I hope they succeed - the loss would be immense.

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