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US Sequoia National Park threatened by California wildfires

05:15  15 september  2021
05:15  15 september  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Sequoia National Park remained closed to the public after being shut down this weekend because of the fires . Those living in the Mineral King area on the park ’s south side were ordered to evacuate while an evacuation warning was in effect for the town of Three Rivers at the park ’s southern entrance. A small village that accommodated visitors once sat beneath the sequoias , but it has been moved 7 miles north because of the harm it was causing the tree roots. At other popular sequoia groves threatened by flames, such as in Yosemite, firefighters have run sprinklers and cut fire lines to protect trees.

Scientists with the National Park Service (NPS) called the last severe drought between 2012 and 2016, which was coupled with higher temperatures, a “tipping point for giant sequoias and other Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests”. Between 2015 and 2020, two-thirds of the area where the giant sequoia groves The Castle fire alone was responsible for killing up to 10,600 large sequoias – 42% of the trees that stood in its path. Ruggiero noted that the KNP Complex is burning with the same intensity and through similar a landscape as the Castle fire , which erupted in August 2020 and torched 175,000

a view of a large mountain in the background: 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/AP 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.

A pair of wildfires burning in California's parched Sierra Nevada mountains have forced the closure of much of Sequoia National Park -- including its most treasured areas, home to some of the largest trees on Earth.

While firefighters are "aggressively attacking" the fires to help suppress them, the blazes have the potential to affect the park's infrastructure and resources, the park's website said. 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.

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Wildfires in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California are threatening sequoia groves containing some of the oldest and biggest trees in the world. The Colony, Paradise and Windy fires were ignited last week by lightning, and park officials have been working to Wildfires have consumed over two million acres in California this year. The largest, the Dixie fire in Northern California , has burned nearly one million acres in the past two months and is 75 percent contained, according to a New York Times wildfire tracker. On Monday, President Biden flew over the Caldor

Wildfires in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California are threatening sequoia groves containing some of the oldest and biggest trees in the world. The Colony, Paradise and Windy fires were ignited last week by lightning, and park officials have been working to contain their spread with water and retardant drops Wildfires have consumed over two million acres in California this year. The largest, the Dixie fire in Northern California , has burned nearly one million acres in the past two months and is 75 percent contained, according to a New York Times wildfire tracker.

Sequoias that were killed during last year's Castle Fire could have ranged from hundreds to 3,000 years old, the service added.

The park is being threatened by the KNP Complex Fire, which was started by lightning last week and comprises the Colony and Paradise Fires. It has burned nearly 6,000 acres within the park's footprint, according to the National Wildfire Coordination Group. Containment information for the blaze was not available.

The Paradise Fire raced out of control Monday night, crossing the Generals Highway and the middle fork of the Kaweah River, prompting evacuations of park employees.

All facilities and services in the Sequoia National Park, including campgrounds, visitor centers and park stores, are closed until the fire threat is diminished, the park said.

Sequoia National Park's giant trees at risk as fires grow

  Sequoia National Park's giant trees at risk as fires grow SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews moved to ramp up the battle Wednesday against two expanding forest fires threatening Sequoia National Park’s giant sequoia trees and infrastructure. The Colony and Paradise fires, ignited by lightning strikes last week, covered about 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) in California’s steep Sierra Nevada. The Colony Fire was a threat to Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 sequoias, but not imminently, said Mark Ruggiero, fire information officer for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

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Wildfires in Sequoia National Park threaten world’s biggest trees.

"Due to wildfire activity in the area, we are closing all trailheads that enter into Sequoia National Park to backpacking and day use hiking. All existing permit reservation holders will be issued a full refund," an alert on the park's website added. "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)."

Other areas in the wilderness are open, the park said, but are "heavily affected" by smoke and dangerous air quality.

Sequoias only naturally grow across the western slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Somewhere between 7,500 to 10,600 mature giant sequoias were destroyed by last year's fire, according to a report by the National Park Service.

That's about 10-14% of the entire world's population of mature sequoias.

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Wildfires sweeping across California are threatening the US state's famed Sequoia trees, with firefighters scrambling to protect the national treasures. The so-called Rough Fire , the largest of more than a dozen burning across northern and central California , has edged closer to the giant trees in recent days with firefighters scrambling to protect them. "The fire has moved into a number of Sequoia groves in King's Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest and we are taking preventive measures to make sure nothing happens to them," park spokesman Mike Theune told AFP.

As California continues to burn, Sequoia National Park – home of the world’s largest trees – now faces an unthinkable tragedy once more. “We’re poised to take action on park facilities and the groves as needed,” a state fire information officer Mark Ruggiero said Monday. “We’re getting more crews and more Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks officials joined fire officials Sunday evening at a community meeting in Three Rivers to hear residents’ concerns about multiple wildfires sparked by last week’s lightning storm. The main takeaway: The fires are not an immediate threat to Three Rivers but

While the trees rely on fire to crack open their cones and release seeds to reproduce, those fires historically burned naturally at lower temperatures, killing small trees and thinning the forest. But fire suppression efforts have allowed the forest to grow denser, which, when combined with a yearslong drought, has allowed many of those trees to die out. That has created more fuels that burned hotter and more intensely than in previous fires.

"The unprecedented number of giant sequoias lost to fire last year serves as a call to action," Clay Jordan, the superintendent of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, said in a July statement. "We know that climate change is increasing the length and severity of our fire seasons due to hotter temperatures and drought. To combat these emerging threats to our forests, we must come together across agencies. Actions that are good for protecting our forests are also good for protecting our communities."

Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest unscathed by wildfire .
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest were unscathed Tuesday even though a wildfire has been burning near them on the western side of California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks. “As of right now we don’t have any damage to any of our trees,” said fire information officer Mark Garrett. The KNP Complex, two lightning-sparked fires that merged, has spread over more than 39 square miles (101 square kilometers), feeding on other types of trees that also live on the high-elevation slopes of the mountain range.

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