The world’s largest tree seems to be threatened by the tongues of fire, prompting firefighters in California to wrap “General Sherman” in tin foil in anticipation of any danger that could affect that perennial tree.
Protect the General: The wildfire that engulfed Sequoia National Park continues to burn, so park officials closed the base of General Sherman, the world’s largest living tree, to protect it. pic.twitter.com/v9m0QLi1NC
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On Friday evening, the California National Park Service and fire brigade announced that the roots of some giant sequoia trees had been wrapped in firewood as part of a serious effort to save the tallest tree, General Sherman. In the world. Scientist.
Dozens of fires in western states initially engulfed Sequoia National Park earlier this week, leaving the area covered with thick smoke early Friday morning.
The small town of three rivers, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, said the city’s air quality was poor.
Meanwhile, the Federal Accident Information Agency “Insweep” reported that the fire, known as the KNP campus, was caused by a combination of two other fires that have spread to more than 11,000 acres today.
Tree of General Sherman
The largest tree on earth
Before the 115 staff left the park earlier this week, Parks Agency spokesman Mark Jared said the fire was burning 1.6 kilometers from the large forest in the park, which has the world’s largest tree.
“Teams are preparing in the‘ Forest Giants District ’before reaching the fire, removing all fuel and placing envelopes around some of the most famous Sequoia trees that make up the most famous area of Sequoia National Park,” the park company said. A statement.
Tree of General Sherman
According to the Park Service, the General Sherman Tree is the tallest of the more than 2,000 sequoia trees in the park, reaching 83 meters in length, almost the dome of the Washington Capitol and more than 11 meters in diameter. Basic.
More than 3,000 years old, these giant sequoia trees usually grow only on the highlands of the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. These trees, thanks to their dense bark, can withstand and cope with most fires.
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