Yosemite wildfire threatens 500-tree grove of giant sequoias

Yosemite National Park, California – The largest Sekoya Grove in Yosemite National Park was closed Saturday, putting firefighters at risk of collecting firewood and forcing hundreds of camps to evacuate.

The rest of the park in California remains open, although the smoke from the air hides some spectacular views and views.

More than 500 mature sesame seeds were threatened in Mariposa Grove, but no damage was reported to the trees, including 3,000-year-old Griezli Giant, on Saturday afternoon. As the fire went out of control, some of the huge trunks were wrapped in fire-resistant foil.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Beyond the trees, the Waona small community surrounded by parks and camps was in danger, and people were ordered to leave their homes and camps on Friday night.

Nancy Filipe, a spokeswoman for Yosemite Fire, said it was difficult to control the fire, with firefighters throwing “all sorts of tactics.” 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.

She said the bulldozers are primarily used to protect firefighters. It was decided to evacuate 600 to 700 people who had stayed in tents, closets and historic hotels on the Wona camp grounds.

Firefighters, despite their hot and dry conditions, did not have to deal with strong winds on Saturday, said Jeffrey Balow, senior weather expert with the Hanford National Weather Service. Due to the small size of the fire and the small amount of wind, the effects of the smoke were not expected to spread beyond the park, he said.

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.

The blaze rose to 1.1 square miles (2.8 square miles) on Saturday morning.

A year and a half 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.

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

Meanwhile, most evacuation orders were issued on Saturday at the bottom of the plot, 80 miles (128 km) northwest of the Yosemite fire. On July 4, a fire broke out. Electric fires near Jackson have been largely contained and will only be evacuated, according to the California Department of Forest and Fire Protection.

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