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Wildfires in Yosemite National Park threaten giant trees that are thousands of years old Now

Wildfires in California’s Yosemite National Park threaten forests of rare redwoods. Firefighters line the line to protect trees that are sometimes thousands of years old.

The well-known nature park is known as the Washburn wildfire, which has been raging for days and now covers an area of ​​about 11 square kilometres. Tourists and locals have been evacuated from nearby areas as firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control.

He writes that the oldest tree in the forest, an estimated 3,000-year-old giant grizzly, is kept wet to prevent it from catching fire. LA Times

Sequoias are found only on the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. There are currently 500 individuals in the threatened Yosemite area. Trees are often hundreds to thousands of years old and reach tens of meters in height with girths of several meters.

Redwoods were originally fire-resistant, but in recent years they have become increasingly vulnerable to wildfires in California, which are becoming hotter and more intense due to climate change. Fires in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks last year killed 3,600 redwood trees, 3 to 5 percent of all redwoods in the world. A year ago, 10 percent of all redwood trees worldwide died in fires in the same region.

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