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.

Creek Fire (2020)

The Creek Fire was a large wildfire which started on September 4, 2020 near Shaver Lake, California. The fire burned 379,895 acres and was declared 100% contained on December 24, 2020. (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)

Brigham, Cumbria

The village of Brigham, near the town of Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, has existed as a settlement since neolithic times. It is located just outside the Lake District National Park. (wikipedia)

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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)

SQF Lightning Complex fires

SQF Complex or Sequoia Complex was one of the August 2020 California lightning wildfires, burning in Sequoia National Forest and adjacent areas. Sparked on August 19, (wikipedia)

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is the second largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest hospital in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston, Massachusetts. (wikipedia)

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)