The hot dry weather on Sunday added to the challenges facing California firefighters struggling to avoid flames spreading into a grove of ancient redwoods where the pedestal on the world’s tallest tree is wrapped in protective wrap.
Firefighters had warned stronger winds were also adding to “critical fire conditions” around the KNP complex, two lightning-started fires which merged on the western side of the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada.
The Sherman Tree is the largest in the world with a volume of 52,508 cubic feet, the National Park Service said.
The crews did “everything they can” to help protect the path, they said, removing needles, leaves and other fuels from the General Sherman Tree area.
Fire crews could not say how much damage was caused among woods in remote and remote areas.
Firefighters wrapped the pedestal of the General Sherman Tree along with other trees in the giant forest in a kind of aluminum that can handle the extremely high temperatures.
Last year, the Castle Fire killed an estimated 7.500 to 7.600 giant sequoias, according to the Public Parks Service.
To the south, the Windy Fire grew to a 28 square kilometre area in the Tule River Indian Reservation and the Giant Sequoia National Monument, where it burned its way into the Peyrone redwood and threatens others.
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