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California’s Firefighters Save Legendary Sequoias -- For Now

  • Dry winds likely across Northern California in next few days
  • Years of fuel-reduction work help save world’s largest trees
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Fires Threaten Trees in Sequoia National Park
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California’s firefighters are in a race to save the state’s towering sequoia trees from catching flame after a wildfire pushed by dry, gusting winds burned to the edge of the famed Giant Forest grove. So far, they’ve been successful, but danger still looms. 

The lightning-sparked KNP Complex Fire, which erupted in the Sierra Nevada foothills on Sept. 10, has now reached the western and southern borders of the grove, where some of the massive trees have lasted more than 2,000 years. Although wind-blown embers have touched off spot fires within the grove itself, firefighters have quickly stopped their growth.