The largest Sekoya group in Yosemite National Park has been closed and hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate nearby, as wildfires in recent years have threatened the world’s tallest trees.
A team is being sent to Mariposa Grove to wrap some of the massive trunks with fire-resistant foil, as the fire is uncontrollable.
More than 500 mature sesame seeds are in danger, but there are no reports of damage to trees such as 3,000-year-old Grizzly Giant.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated, and the rest of the park is open as some 300 firefighters try to contain the blaze with two water helicopters and an airliner trying to contain the blaze.
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.
Nancy Philip, a spokeswoman for Yosemite Fire, said there was no clear natural light for the blaze, which broke out near the Park Washington Road on Thursday.
A.D. Reopened in 2018, Groove reported a $ 40 million (£ 33.2 million) renovation after three years.
Groove at the southern entrance of the park was evacuated and no injuries were reported.
The Wauna community, which housed 600 to 700 people in tents, huts and a historic hotel – surrounded by the park – and the Wauna camp grade have been evacuated.
Two years ago, a hurricane tore through the bush, knocking down 15 giant sequoia and countless other trees.
The fallen trees provided enough fuel for the fire, along with many pine species killed by tree bark beetles, but on Friday the wind was calm and the fire was not spreading rapidly.
The park used a fire extinguisher to clean the area around Sequoia, which would help prevent them from spreading to the bush.