Yosemite Firefighters Seek to Protect Famed Sequoias

Fire crews working to contain the Washburn Fire have been taking efforts to “minimize the risk” to the over 500 mature giant sequoias at California’s Yosemite National Park.

Continued high temperatures meant an increase in fire activity was expected for July 12, they said, after the fire had grown to 2,700 acres with 22 percent containment.

Firefighters said they were protecting the Mariposa Grove with a ground-based sprinkler system. “This increases the humidity in the area around the trees and combined with the removal of ground fuels, the ground fire risk is greatly reduced,” they said.

Video from Yosemite Fire and Aviation Management shows the system near the Grizzly Giant, one of the most-renowned trees in the park. At 209 feet, its the “second largest tree in the Yosemite,” Yosemite Fire and Aviation Management said, “and one of the most photographed.” Credit: Yosemite Fire and Aviation Management via Storyful

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