Wildfire threatens Yosemite sequoias

Yosemite National Park, California – The largest Sequoia group in Yosemite National Park was closed on Saturday.

Yosemite Fire Spokesman Nancy Filipe said a team was being sent to Mariposa Grove to wrap some of the trunk with fire-resistant foil to prevent the fire from escalating uncontrollably. More than 500 mature squirrels have been threatened, but there are no reports of 3,000-year-old Grizzly Giant being seriously injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the rest of the park remains open, although thick cameras are seen in some of the park’s view.

The fire grew overnight but did not threaten new locations, Philip said. She said it was difficult to catch firefighters throwing “all sorts of tricks.” This includes the use of fire extinguishers as well as bulldozers designed to create fire lines, a technique that is rarely used in desert areas such as Yosemite, Philip said.

The bulldozers are said to be used primarily to build fire lines to protect the Waona community, which is surrounded by hundreds of people. The evacuation order was issued Friday, as well as in the Waona Camp complex, where 600 to 700 people stayed in the campgrounds, cottages and historic hotels.

Located in about 70 bushes on the western slopes of Sierra Nevada, California, Sequoia was once considered fire-resistant but has become increasingly vulnerable to more than a century of firefighting and drought-related wildfires. Climate change has become very powerful and destructive.

Over the past two years, lightning strikes have killed up to a fifth of an estimated 75,000 large squirrels, the largest trees in size.

Philip said there was no clear natural light for Thursday’s fire near the park’s Washington Road. A.D. During the 2018 reopening of the groove, visitors reported smoke for $ 40 million, a three-year renovation.

Groove at the southern entrance of the park was evacuated unharmed.

The blaze rose to 1.1 square miles by Saturday morning.

A year and a half ago, a tornado tore through the bush and destroyed 15 giant sequoia and many other trees.

The fallen trees provided enough fuel for the fire, along with many pine trees killed by beetle bark.

The park used a fire extinguisher to clean the area around Sequoia, which would help prevent them from spreading to the bush.

“When unwanted fires hit those areas, the distribution slows down and helps us gain some control,” Philip said.

Some evacuation orders have been issued for the arrest of Electra Fire, which broke out near Jackson on Monday at 80 feet northwest of the Yosemite fire. As many as 100 people celebrating the 4th of July on the river have been temporarily forced to seek shelter in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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