The wildfires that threaten some of the world’s oldest squash trees at Yosemite National Park have raised five times over the weekend, triggering air quality alarms and evacuation orders.
Numeral- The first reported fire in Washington last Thursday burned at least 2,044 hectares of land in the Marposa Grove area of the park, according to the Insiweb Fire Agency website.
- National Park Service spokeswoman Nancy Philipp said about 1,600 people had been evacuated after authorities issued a eviction order for the nearby Waona community and the Waona Hotel and Camp, Reuters reported.
Large image: The fire forced the closure of Mariposa Grove and nearby highways with more than 500 sequoia, as firefighters and park crews fought to save the famous trees, according to the National Park Service.
- Jay Nichols, spokesman for the Inter-Agency Fire Department in the park, said: NBC News.
- Mandatory release orders for Grove and Wauna remained in place on Sunday.
Context- Leading scientific research shows that climate change is a key driver of wildfires.
- Extreme weather events related to global warming are taking place in different parts of the world this year, according to shareholder Andrew Friedman.
Editor’s note This article has been updated to reflect Nicoles’ comments, fresh information about the size of the fire, and more context.