SQF Lightning Complex fires – 2020 09 16
Around 10 to 14 percent of the world’s giant sequoias were destroyed by a single wildfire engulfing California’s Sequoia National Park last summer, a draft report by scientists working for the National Park Service found.
From August to December 2020, a fire tore through the national park, burning through thousands of the ancient redwoods across 175,000 acres of parkland. NPS scientists estimate that between 7,500 and 10,000 mature giant sequoias went up in flames.
“I cannot overemphasize how mind-blowing this is for all of us. These trees have lived for thousands of years. They’ve survived dozens of wildfires already,” said Christy Brigham, the chief of resources management and science at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
Brigham, the study’s lead author, cautioned that the figures were momentary and the research document still requires peer review. “I have a vain hope that once we get out on the ground the situation won’t be as bad, but that’s hope, that’s not science,” Brigham added.