In California, the “Washburn” fire continues to rage in Yosemite National Park. 2000 year old trees are threatened.
In California, the battle against wildfires continues in Yosemite National Park. More than 500 firefighters and aides have been deployed to the popular trekking area, the responsible park authority announced.
Wildfires in Yosemite National Park
The fire that broke out last week is threatening Mariposa Grove with well-known giant sequoias. The Washburn fire controlled only 25 percent on Monday. The flames quickly spread across nearly 1,000 hectares of land. Mariposa Grove is closed to visitors.
The parks authority said emergency teams will be taking special precautions for the famous two sequoias. The area around the trees is kept moist with the help of sprinkler systems on the ground. In addition, dry bushes are removed, which can easily catch fire.
The forested area of the Sierra Nevada at the southern edge of Yosemite Park is known for its redwood trees that are over 60 meters high and are more than 2,000 years old. Mariposa Grove was designated a private nature reserve in 1864.
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