A wildfire in northern California may have burned hundreds of giant Sequoia trees that grow naturally in Sierra Nevada, according to an official. Christie Brigham, head of resource management and science at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, described the potential damage as “shocking,” according to the Associated Press.
The KNP complex fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike on September 9, burned 15 of the park’s giant temple, Sequoia Grouse, Brigham said. The effects of fire on trees vary, with most gurus burning at low or moderate levels, which Brigham said many trees are prepared to withstand.
However, two groves were hit by the blaze, which could erupt up to 100 feet high, the AP reported. According to Brigham, these flames have the ability to find the roofs of growing trees, which puts them at risk of bursting into flames “like a terrible Roman candle.”
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More than 2,000 firefighters were occasionally fighting fires in the treacherous area. The National Park Service reported that four workers were injured in the blaze on Wednesday afternoon.
The report said the four were taken to hospital from the airport and “while the condition of the injured is critical, their condition is stable”. He did not provide further details.
There were only 11 fires in the KNP complex, which burned 134 square miles (347 square kilometers) of forest. Cold weather has helped reduce the flames and light rain is expected in the area on Friday, weather forecasters said.
Two giant trees fell in the Giant Forest, home to about 2,000 to 2,000 sequoias, including General Sherman Tree, who is considered the world’s largest by volume. However, the most notable trees survived, and Brigham said the guru appears to be mostly intact.
Firefighters have taken extraordinary measures to protect the Sequoias, wrapping fire-retardant materials around the bases of some giants, collecting and clearing plants around them, installing sprayers and some more. Water or fire retardant gel.
However, the full extent of the damage will not be known for months, Brigham said. “Firefighters are still in charge of protecting trees, homes and lives, or they can’t reach safe, steep, remote areas without roads or trails,” he said.
In the south, windstorms burned at least 74 Sequoias, Garrett Dickman said. Los Angeles Times.. A forest fire botanist has recorded damage as part of a Sequoia task force preparing and inspecting trees in the fire zone.
In one guru, Dickman counted 29 sequences that were “just burned.” CNN.
“Four of them were so hot that they fell,” he said.
The 152-acre (395-square-kilometer) fire was 75 percent contained.
Giant sequoias grow naturally only in Sierra Nevada. The largest tree in the world, they can reach a height of 20 feet (6 meters) in diameter and more than 250 feet (76 meters) and can live for thousands of years.
Low-intensity fires are needed to regenerate trees. Competitors’ forests are lit by flames, shadows cleared, and plants open with heat. But fire officials say the recent fire is more severe as firefighting efforts have progressed, leading to a drought that dries bones, due to climate change.
Last year, fires in and around the castle in Sequoia National Park killed 10,600 giant temple Sequoias, or 10 to 14 percent of the population.
Brigham said that although some gurus may have suffered only minor damage from the fire and will recover, each burn is a major Sequoia loss.
“When you stand by a big tree that is a thousand to two thousand years old, the loss of anything is heartbreaking,” he said. “You can’t bring it back. It’s irreparable.”
The California wildfire has burned more than 3,000 square miles (7,800 square kilometers) so far in 2021, destroying more than 3,000 homes, commercial property and other structures.
Fire experts say hot and dry weather and decades of fire control have increased the number of acres burned by forest fires. And the problem has been exacerbated for more than 20 years by the Western mega-drafts, the study of which is linked to human-caused climate change.