One of California’s most famous forests is under threat of a conflagration.

The roughly 7.000-acre KNP fire complex burns about a mile from the Giant Forest where the largest tree in the world by volume known as General Sherman stands, said Rebecca Paterson, a National Park Service employee in Three Rivers, near where the fire broke out.

The flames blaze about a mile apart from the iconic Giant Forest, a grove of over 2.000 giant sequoias, including General Sherman Tree, considered by volume the largest tree in the globe that scientists estimate has stayed alive for more than 2.300 years.

About 115 staff were evacuated from the park as were residents in the East Side of the city, Paterson said.

The park was shut on Tuesday when the fire began threatening the Giant Forest, one of about 30.000 such groves that are most frequented, she said.

Unchecked, fires in the complex grew considerably Tuesday, the Federal Fire Information System (FIS), told Inciweb on Wednesday.

The complex, which consists of two flames burning close together, had been set in motion by lightning on 10 September.

Scientists estimate that up to 10.600 redwoods were killed when the fire that claimed the CZU complex last year engulfed the region, accounting for about 42% of all massive trees that stood in its way.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is an American national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California. The park was established on September 25, 1890 to protect 404, (wikipedia)

Giant Forest

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The Giant Forest, famed for its giant sequoia trees, is within the United States’ Sequoia National Park. This montane forest, situated at over 6, (wikipedia)

giant sequoia groves

This is a list of giant sequoia groves. All naturally occurring giant sequoia groves are located in the moist, (wikipedia)

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is an American national park in Northern California, surrounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest. (wikipedia)


A wildfire, bushfire, wild land fire or rural fire is an unplanned, unwanted, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural areas and urban areas. (wikipedia)

Glacier National Park (U.S.)

Glacier National Park is an American national park located in northwestern Montana, on the Canada–United States border, adjacent to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. (wikipedia)

Santiam Fire

The Santiam Fire was a very large wildfire that burned in Marion, Jefferson, Linn, and Clackamas Counties, in northwest Oregon, United States. Having ignited in August of 2020, the 402, (wikipedia)