"Growing California Wildfire Spares Group Of Giant Sequoias"

"A group of landmark giant sequoias has so far been spared by a blaze sweeping through a California national park, authorities said on Sunday.

The so-called KNP Complex fire, which was ignited by lightning earlier this month, reached the western edge of Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, home to a group of ancient sequoia trees dubbed the Four Guardsmen.

But protection measures including wrapping the bases of the huge trees in fire-resistant coverings kept safe "these national treasures," Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks officials wrote early on Sunday in a Facebook post.

The Guardsmen mark the entrance to the Giant Forest, a grove of some 2,000 sequoias."

Maria Caspani reports for Reuters September 19, 2021.


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"Wildfires Threatening Giant Sequoias Continue To Grow With Another Red-Flag Warning Day" (Los Angeles Times)

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Source: Reuters, 09/20/2021