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California Fires Seen Killing Up to 20% of World’s Sequoias

  • Thousands of giant sequoias torched from summer blazes
  • California suffered through another severe fire season
The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2021.

The Windy Fire burns in Sequoia National Forest, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2021.

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California wildfires have killed up to one-fifth of the world’s total population of giant sequoias in the past two years with thousands torched by blazes this summer, federal park officials said. 

The KNP and Windy Fire, which tore through the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks earlier this year, have already destroyed or will eventually kill between 2,261 and 3,637 large sequoias, or 3% to 5% of the world’s total, according to a report published Friday by the National Park Service.