Wildfires in California threaten thousands of ancient sequoias, including wildfires in the Giant Forest, the world’s largest tree home.
Firefighters closed Sequoia National Park and wrapped General Sherman and other giant tree roots in fire-resistant aluminum to protect them from fire.
In terms of volume, General Sherman is the largest tree in the world at 52,508 cubic feet, according to the National Park Service. With a height of 275 feet and a base diameter of more than 36 feet, it is believed to be 2,300 to 2,700 years old.
The crew continues to fight three wildfires: Colony, Paradise and Windy. These wildfires were ignited by lightning on September 9, breaking through at least 18 square miles of terrain.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a weather warning to monitor the crisis situation in Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here, the colony’s fire was burning just 1.6 km (about 2,000 groves) from the giant forest.
According to experts, the giant Sequoia is adapted to fire resistance, and the flames can even help the trees grow by releasing seeds and creating vacant lots for the seedlings to grow.
This year’s fire was caused by rising temperatures and extreme droughts. Scientists say this is related to climate change. Climate change can cause hotter and drier weather in the coming years, and thus more catastrophic wildfires.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire, more than 7,400 wildfires broke out in California this year alone, burning more than 2.2 million acres of land and damaging or destroying more than 3,000 homes and other buildings.
Sequoia National Park has been evacuated and has a community of about 2,500 people living in Three Rivers, just outside the park’s boundaries.
Jane Poole-Graenitz lives in Los Angeles, 3-4 hours away from the national park. “I don’t feel directly threatened here in LA, but people are definitely saddened by the idea that these magnificent ancient trees have been lost,” she said. Me..
“We cannot help but be afraid of the wildlife killed and expelled by the fierce fire and the loss of habitat after the fire burns out.”
She believes that climate change is the cause of “increased fires due to rising temperatures and lack of rainfall.”
She states: “I’ve been here for 25 years and it’s definitely been less rainy since the 1990s. In winter there are sometimes two weeks of heavy downpour, which fills the reservoir and fully submerges the forest. It’s been many years since that happened. “
Mrs. Poole-Graenitz said the fire would cause “terrible air pollution” and destroy the landscape throughout Los Angeles and California.
“I visited Yosemite after a catastrophic fire last summer. The scorched landscape was far and apocalyptic,” she said.
Rebecca Patterson, a spokesperson for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, told the Guardian that the weather has been cool and windy for the past few days, limiting the spread of fires, and forecasters have seen extreme weather events for the next few days. He said he expected it to decrease.
However, the NWS predicts gusts and low humidity on Sunday, and there is no forecast of rain. “So we expect the fire to continue to spread. Hopefully they won’t grow very fast,” Patterson said.
Wildfires have also burned to other orchards, such as the Oriole Lake Grove in the national park and the orchards north and south of Peirone in the Sequoia National Forest.
“These orchards are just as impressive and ecologically important to the forest,” Tim Borden, Sequoia Restoration and Stewardship Manager at Save the Redwoods League, told Bay Area newsgroups.
“They are not well known. When you think about it, it makes you sick.”