California wildfire threatens 275ft General Sherman, die wêreld se grootste boom

California wildfire threatens 275ft General Sherman, die wêreld se grootste boom
The Colony and Paradise Fires, collectively known as the KNP Complex Fire, started with a lightning strike on 10 September

Kalifornië wildfires in the Sierra Nevada are threatening to engulf the world’s largest tree Sequoia Nasionale Park’s General Sherman — the world’s largest tree.

The Colony and Paradise Fires, collectively known as the KNP Complex Fire, started with a lightning strike on 10 September.

Sedertdien, park employees, Three Rivers, Silver City, and Cabin Cove residents — which are areas near the national park — are under evacuation orders.

Mark Ruggiero, the fire information officer for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, said while there is no impending threat, “that is a potential”, at a press conference on Tuesday.

But by Wednesday morning, the fires had burned through 5,000 acres of land and through hundreds of homes. The National Park Service (NPS) closed the park on Wednesday. The fires were “still growing and have the potential to affect Sequoia National Park infrastructure and resources,” NPS said Wednesday.

The Giant Forst lives within the Sequoia National Park and boasts over 2,000 giant sequoia trees, some of which are the tallest and oldest in the world.

The giant sequoias have flourished from prescribed fires because they helps seeds be released from cones, which starts the cycle for more sequoias to grow. Egter, today’s wildfires, driven by the climate crisis, are more intense, and threaten the famous trees. Die 2020 Castle Fire, byvoorbeeld, vermoor 7,500 aan 10,600 groot sequoias, according to the NPS.

Along with the more intense fires, Mr Ruggiero said the trees are also hard to access. “The Colony Fire specifically is burning in a really bad spotwhere these trees are like jackstraws and it’s difficult to put fire personnel into some of these areas because of that.”

Sover, verby 300 firefighters have been using airplanes to release fire retardants onto the blaze. Clay Jordan, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, said the firefighters “literally started painting the mountains red with retardant,” at a news conference on Tuesday.

The climate crisis is fuelling a severe drought and more intense and frequent wildfires in California. The Dixie Fire, which has been burning for more than two months, is California’s second-largest veldbrand.

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