Helicopters spray trees in the Mariposa Grove area of Yosemite Park.
A three-day-old wildfire in Yosemite Yosemite Park in California is now threatening its giant sequoias, the nature park announced on Sunday.
The fire, which has reached Mariposa Grove, the park's most prized area because it contains hundreds of the world's tallest redwoods, currently covers 644 hectares and nothing is there. stop, the park said, noting that 360 firefighters were on call.
One of the teams prepares the Grizzly Giant – the park's most famous and spectacular giant sequoia – at the approach of the flames by constantly watering it.
From the top of its 209 feet (64 m), it is the second in size of Yosemite, specifies the park, which broadcasts the measures taken to protect it on social networks.
A firefighter hoses down a redwood tree to protect it from flames, in the Mariposa Grove area of Yosemite Nature Park, California.
Giant sequoias are among the most fire resistant trees and this is how they have been able to survive for thousands of years.
On the other hand , extreme drought and forest fires, which now last much longer, can damage them. This is how 10,000 of them – about 14% of the total number of redwoods in the world – perished in 2020 in a great fire.
Being given the burning conditions and the wildfires we are talking about, we expect to have another four, five or six very hard months, warned in June one of the fire officials in California, Brian Fennessy.
This area of Yosemite Park has been largely redeveloped and reopened in 2018.
Visitors near Grizzly Giant Sequoia in Yosemite Park on May 21, 2018