Giant Tree in California Wrapped in Fire Shield

Firefighters at Sequoia National Park in Sierra Nevada, California, cover the base of some of the park’s famous giant trees with fire protection wrap.

The historic General Sherman tree is wrapped to protect it from a fire in Sequoia National Park, California, September 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

The historic General Sherman tree is wrapped to protect it from a fire in Sequoia National Park, California, September 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

The wraps were meant to guard the trees, while more than 1,700 firefighters battled the KNP Complex Fire.

The fire complex covered 196 square kilometers as of Wednesday (29/9). National Park Service spokeswoman Sintia Kawasaki-Yee said the tree named General Sherman (General Sherman Tree), which is the world’s largest tree, was among the trees covered in protective covering.

National Park Service Fire Information Officer Mike Theune said the fire spread very close to the large tree less than two weeks ago. Theune said controlled burning has been carried out in Sequoia National Park for more than 50 years to reduce the vulnerability of the large trees there.

He also said the giant Sequoia trees lived for centuries and had survived many fires throughout their history. [lt/uh]

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