Yosemite wildfire threatening grove of giant sequoia trees

A wildfire at Yosemite National Park threatened the giant trees, forcing the closure of the Sequoia shrub on Friday.

Yosemite Fire Spokesman Nancy Filipe said national park service teams were deployed to Mariposa Grove to cover the blaze with uncontrollable foil.

More than 500 mature trees have been threatened, but there have been no reports of serious damage to named trees, such as 3,000-year-old Griezli Giant.

The world’s tallest trees, up to 300 feet[300 m]high, have previously been considered fire-resistant but have been exposed to wildfires due to widespread drought and climate change.

In the last two years, lightning strikes have killed up to a fifth of the remaining 75,000 large squatters.

The trees grow on only about 70 bushes on the western slopes of the California Seranevada. They are the largest trees in the world by volume.

Philip said there was no evidence of a natural cause of the fire at the Yosemite Washington Road on Thursday. Visitors report seeing smoke near the reopened group after a $ 40 million renovation in 2018.

A wildfire in Yosemite
The lightning strike killed about a fifth of Sekoya.
National Park Service / AP

The bush was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

The fire has tripled on more than 166 acres[166 ha]in one night, Philip said. About 600 to 700 settlements are under the control of Waona Village.

Philippe told the Associated Press:

15 Sequoia was planted alongside thousands of other trees, and a year and a half later the tornado ripped through the area. The fallen trees were aggravated by all the pine trees killed by bark beetles, and the wind that spread Thursday’s fire. On Friday the wind calmed down and the spread of the fire subsided.

A wildfire in Yosemite
Sequoia was previously considered a firefighter but is now more vulnerable.
National Park Service / AP

About 80 miles northwest, the giant electric fire caught more than 7 square miles and captured 65%.

The fire broke out near Jackson on Monday, and about 100 people celebrating the 4th of July were temporarily evacuated by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

With post wires

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