Sumary of A pair of California wildfires are now threatening some of the world’s largest trees:
- Giant sequoias — which can reach heights of 300 feet — have already been hit hard by fires in the state in recent years: “Two-thirds of all giant sequoia grove acreage across the Sierra Nevada has burned in wildfires between 2015 and 2020,” the National Park Service says.
- Sequoias that were killed during last year’s Castle Fire could have ranged from hundreds to 3,000 years old, the service added.
- In this Sunday, September 12 photo released by the KNP Complex Fire Incident Command, smoke plumes rise from the Paradise Fire in Sequoia National Park, California.
- KNP Complex Fire Incident Command/APThe park is being threatened by the KNP Complex Fire, which was started by lightning last week and comprises the Colony and Paradise Fires.
- “Beginning September 12, backpackers will not be able to get overnight wilderness permits that start from the Mineral King Valley, Lodgepole or Giant Forest area, or Ash Mountain (foothills).
- Sequoias only naturally grow across the western slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range.