Firefighters fighting to protect the world’s largest tree from wildfires in the parched U.S. said Friday that they’re optimistic it can be saved.
The flames are creeping up closer to majestic General Sherman and other redwoods as man-made climate change worsens California’s dreadful wildfire season.
This means there is lots of vegetation in the tree, and it may provide a lot of fuel for a wildfire, leading to a hotter, more intense fire that could affect these redwoods badly.
Crews are battling the spreading, paradise and colonial-style fires that have destroyed 4.600 acres of forest since they started a week ago.
It jumped onto the Generals Highway on Crystal Cave Road and is burning toward the park’s Sequoia trees, which guide visitors to giant forest, Brigham said.
On Thursday, General Sherman was wrapped in fireproof duvet-aluminum foil that was supposed to shield his massive trunk from the worst of the flames.
California firefighters battling to protect the world's largest living tree — a giant sequoia called #GeneralSherman — from wildfires ravaging parts of the state say they are optimistic it can be saved after its trunk was wrapped in fire-proof blankets https://t.co/rBol5u220D pic.twitter.com/hEi4OZV5Ee
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) September 18, 2021