World News | Over 500 Firefighters Battle Wildfire to Protect Iconic Trees in US Yosemite National Park

Angels [US]July 12, 2010 – More than 500 firefighters are battling a fast-moving wildfire in Yosemite National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the United Nations, officials said. States

Thursday afternoon’s Washington fire spread over 2,340 acres (9.47 square miles), holding only 25 percent, and threatened Giant Sequoia, the largest Sequoia grove in the park.

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The historic shrub in the southern part of Yosemite contains more than 500 mature sequoia, including the 3,000-year-old Grisli Giant Tree.

“A full initial response, including fire resources and state and local partners, has been sent to Yosemite National Park,” said an event update released by InciWeb, a disaster risk management system in the United States.

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A total of 545 firefighters are on site, an increase of 185 personnel compared to the previous day.

The blaze was active on Sunday night and is expected to intensify in addition to Monday’s warming, officials said.

Although structural insulation is not currently used on giant Sequoia, firefighters are actively guarding Mariposa Grove using a ground-based spraying method.

This, in addition to increasing the humidity around the trees and eliminating groundwater, has greatly reduced groundwater hazards, and as of today, the Yosemite Fire Protection Program has been using various methods to reduce it for many years. Reduces fuel consumption and fires for more than 500 mature squirrels and the entire national park. (ANI / Shinwa)

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