Giant trees in California’s Sequoia National Park have been wrapped in fireproof blankets to protect them from fires that have engulfed the western United States amid a severe drought.
About 2000 ancient redwoods grow in reserve, including a giant tree in the world, “General Sherman,” whose height is 83 meters.
Firefighters are also clearing bushes and installing extinguishing equipment among the trees.
“They are taking extraordinary measures to protect these trees,” park spokeswoman Christy Brigham told the Mercury News. – We just really want to do everything possible to protect these 2,000-and 3,000-year-old trees.”
Two fires are approaching the “Forest of Giants” zone, where five of the largest trees in the world grow, including “General Sherman.”
Small fires usually do not cause harm to redwoods, which are protected by thick bark. But larger fires are dangerous for trees because they rise higher along the trunks and fall into the crowns.