An ever threats-heavy fire starting from lightning that raged throughout California’s Sequoia National Forest all week has now entered the park’s vast forest that now has five of the world’s tallest trees, including the largest, General Sherman Tree.

Crews have also removed dead vegetation, bushes and other material that could increase the intensity of major fires, said Savannah Boiano, executive director of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit group that raises money for education, scientific research and other projects at the park.

On Friday night, flames were scorching on the western edge of the Giant Forest along the General Highway near four major redwoods called Four Guardsmen, said Steven Bekkerus, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service and other authorities fighting the blaze.

Satellite pictures released Saturday afternoon showed flames seemingly spread to the area not far from 275 of the gigantic forest villages, the telescopic tree and other tourist attractions, which is visited by millions of tourists, and where trees are up to 3.000 years old.

Giant Forest

The Giant Forest, famed for its giant sequoia trees, is within the United States’ Sequoia National Park. This montane forest, situated at over 6, (wikipedia)

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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)

General Sherman (tree)

General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, (wikipedia)

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park is an American national park in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Fresno and Tulare Counties, California. Originally established in 1890 as General Grant National Park, (wikipedia)