California’s giant temple Sequoias approaches a fire wrapped in aluminum.
Three Rivers, California – Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-retardant blanket to save a famous old-growth guru from a wildfire in rugged Sierra Nevada, California. Is.
Fire spokeswoman Rebecca Petersen said General Sherman Tree, some other Sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings in the giant forest in Sequoia National Park were wrapped up to protect against the possibility of a severe fire.
Aluminum wrapping can withstand extreme heat for a short period of time. Federal officials say they have used the material for many years to protect sensitive structures across the American West from flames. Near Lake Tahoe, some homes wrapped in protective material survived a recent forest fire, while others were destroyed nearby.
Fire officials said the colony fire is burning one of the two in Sequoia National Park and has been designated for the area from where it started. , Will reach the giant forest.
Fire spokeswoman Katie Hooper said the fire did not escalate significantly Thursday because a layer of smoke reduced its spread in the morning.
Last year, a wildfire erupted in the area, killing thousands of Sequoias, some high and thousands of years old.
According to the National Park Service, General Sherman Tree is the world’s largest by volume, 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters). It is 275 feet (84 m) high and has a ground circumference of 103 feet (31 m).
Clay Jordan, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, briefed firefighters on the importance of protecting large-scale tree fires from high-intensity fires.
The 50-year history of using the proposed burns آگ a fire set to remove other types of trees and plants that would otherwise feed on forest fires سیک was expected at Park’s Sequoia Groves to keep the giant temple trees alive. Stay will help if fire reaches them.
“The history of strong fires in the area is a cause for hope,” Patterson said. “Hopefully, the giant jungle will emerge from this insecurity.”
The giant temple Sequoias is shielded from fire, which can help them grow by extracting seeds from their cones and making clearances that allow young Sequoias to grow. But the unusual intensity of fires – fueled by climate change – can overwhelm trees.
According to the National Park Service, this happened last year when a castle fire killed an estimated 7,500 to 10,600 large Sequoias.
A historic drought and heat waves have made it harder for the US West to fight wildfires linked to climate change. Climate change has made the region much hotter and drier over the past 30 years, scientists say, and will continue to make the weather more severe and wildfires persistent and destructive.
A national inter-agency fire management team commanded efforts to contain the 11.5-square-mile (30-square-kilometer) Paradise Fire and the 3-square-mile (8-square-kilometer) colony fire near Guru. . An operation was carried out in the area to burn plants and other fuels that could ignite the flames.
The fire forced the park to evacuate this week, leaving parts of Three Rivers town outside the main gate empty.
In the south, fires at the Toll River Indian Reservation and the giant Temple Sequoia National Monument increased significantly overnight to 6 square miles (15 square kilometers), according to the Sequoia National Forest. There was no control.
The Windy Fire, which also started with lightning, has burned down part of the Peron Sequoia Guru in the National Monument, and other gurus are in danger.
“Due to the inaccessible area, it will be difficult to initially assess the effects of the fire on large Sequoia trees inside Guru and it may take a few days to complete,” the statement said.
Due to the fire, the Tolare County Sheriff’s Office warned the communities of Pondrosa, Quick Espan, Johnsondale and Camp Whiteset, a Boy Scouts camp, to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
The wildfire is the latest in a long summer fire that has burned about 3,350 square miles (9,195 square kilometers) in California, destroying hundreds of homes.
The crew had limited ground access to the colony fire and the extreme severity of the area around the paradise fire prevented it completely, both of which required extensive airborne water and flame retardant drops. Both fires were being collectively controlled as a KNP complex.
Antczak reports from Los Angeles. Associated Press reporter Brian Fair contributed to Los Angeles.