There was a large fire in Yosemite National Park. The flames threaten very old redwoods – some of them are even three thousand years old. The fire is very difficult to control, part of the park had to be closed.
Firefighters are battling a dangerous and rapidly expanding fire in central California’s Yosemite National Park that threatens a unique sequoia forest. Hundreds of tourists had to leave the camps in a hurry.
Part of the park was closed
The area of the redwood forest, the largest trees in the world that has been growing for several thousand years, has been closed. The rest of the park is open, but the air is very smoky and makes it impossible to enjoy the beautiful views from the vantage points.
Firefighters admit that the fire is very difficult to control. The flames travel quickly in dry conditions and strong winds. To fight the elements, firefighters use, among others, fire-fighting planes and bulldozers.
For now, they have been preserved
The sequoia forest, named after Mariposa Grove, has over 500 of these trees, many of which have their own names, such as the Grizzly Giant of around 3,000. The huge trunks of some redwoods have been wrapped in fireproof foil.
Fortunately, so far the fire, the cause of which has not yet been determined, has not caused any major damage to the forest.
The element is also a threat to the small settlement of Wawona bordering the park and camping grounds. Residents and tourists were ordered to evacuate immediately.
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