Californian Yosemite wildfires continue to grow as workers try to protect iconic sequoias from blaze

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A wildfire at the Yosemite National Park has more than doubled in one day.

As the United States spends another year on fire, firefighters are working hard to protect the beautiful trees and small mountain town.

Neighborhoods and residents have been displaced, but the rest of the park in California remains open, although heavy smoke hides sightings and creates unhealthy air quality.

“It’s more smoking than we see today,” said Nancy Philip, a spokeswoman for Yosemite Fire. “So far this morning the park has not been in an unhealthy category, but now that’s it.”

A picture of a city with hills rising through a thick cloud of smoke.
It covered the view of heavy smoke and created unhealthy air quality.(AP: Noah Burger)

More than 500 mature squirrels have been threatened in the famous Mariposa Grove, but there are no reports of any serious damage to the trees mentioned, including 3,000-year-old Griezli Giant.

The forest spraying system has kept the tree trunk moist, and officials hoped that the constant spraying of water along with pre-ordered fires would be sufficient to prevent the fire.

The cause of the Washington fire was being investigated. On Sunday morning, it grew to about 6.7 square miles[6.7 sq km]with no reserves.

Beyond the trees, the Wawuna community, surrounded by park land, was in danger, and people were ordered to leave late Friday.

He was smoking a trunk of a large Sequoia tree when a firefighter grabbed the hose and tried to protect it.
Firefighters are trying to protect large historical trees by wetting the trunks.(AP: Noah Burger)

In addition to the residents, it was decided to evacuate some 600 to 700 people who had stayed in tents, closets and historic hotels on the Waona camp grounds.

The Sequoia, one of the 70 bushes on the western slopes of Sierra Nevada, California, was once considered fire-resistant but has become even more vulnerable.

The centuries-old fires and droughts have been aggravated by devastating volcanic eruptions.

A spokeswoman for the park, Philippi, said she had previously wrapped some large trunks in fire-resistant foil, but on Sunday she adjusted herself and said that was not the case.

However, she said, the flight attendants wrapped the historic cabinet with protective foil.

The forest in the flames is pictured, with trees and smoke rising.  There is a road on the right.
Giant Sequoia was once considered to be fire-resistant but more vulnerable.(AP: National Park Service)

Lightning strikes in the past two years have claimed the lives of up to five of the estimated 75,000 large squatters; These trees are large in size and a great destination for tourists to the national park.

There was no apparent natural spark for the blaze near the park’s Washington Road on Thursday, Ms Filipe said.

A.D. During the reopening of the 2018 Gruve, visitors reported $ 40 million ($ 59 million) for a three-year renovation.

A year ago, a tornado ripped 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 trees killed by beetle bark.

So far By 2022, more than 35,000 wildfires have burned nearly 4.7 million hectares in the United States, according to the National Enterprise Fire Center, with both wildfires and acres burning on average.

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