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Wildfire grows near famed Yosemite National Park fire grove of sequoia trees

Part of Yosemite National Park has been closed as a wildfire quintupled in size near a grove of California’s famous giant sequoia trees, officials said.



A WILDFIRE in Yosemite National Park has threatened to destroy more than 500 of the world’s largest trees.

On Friday, the public was not allowed to enter the vast grove of giant sequoia trees that is located within the California park until fire officials investigate what caused the destruction.

A representative for Yosemite National Park’s fire information claimed that emergency crews rushed to the scene to safeguard the giant tree trunks from the flames by wrapping them in aluminum foil.

According to sources from the Associated Press (AP), although the fire posed a threat to roughly 500 trees, there were no reports of major damage to named trees.

The fire was brought under control by the over 300 firefighters that raced to the scene.

Nancy Phillipe, a Yosemite fire information spokesperson said that there have been no reports of significant damage to the named sequoias in the grove, including the Grizzly Giant, which is estimated to be 3,000 years old. However, the sequoias are in danger from the flames.

An investigation has not yet been completed to determine what started the fire.


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