Increasing armies of firefighters have been battling wildfires in the heart of California’s redwoods.
A surge in manpower put more than 1.400 firefighters up to the fire in the Sequoia National Park KNP complex, Fire Department spokeswoman Ana Beatriz Cholo said.
In the South, the lightning-induced Windy Fire, located in the massive Sequoia National Monument area of Sequoia National Forest, grew to 127 square kilometers and crept in as much as 7 percent.
Yet the weather was expected to clear the smoke and planes have been made ready to battle the flames.
Fire-resistant materials have also been placed around the bases of some of the world’s best-known forest dwellers, including that of General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest by volume.
They later melted inside creating a blaze that burned more than 114 square kilometres (44 square miles), not contained, forcing the closure of Sequoia National Park.
The contiguous Kings Canyon National Park is largely closed as well.