REPORT: Firefighters Race to Save Sequoias from Yosemite Blaze

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Firefighters are working hard to save the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove inside the Yosemite National Park after a blaze broke out Friday from undetermined causes.

The fire, known as the Washburn Fire, is relatively small and is not even considered an “incident” by the Cal Fire agency. But it is an emergency for Yosemite, which is trying to preserve trees that are thousands of years old in some cases, in the midst of the busy tourist season, when tens of thousands visit the park daily.

The article goes on to state the following:

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday:


The first that Michael Gilbert, a 67-year-old rock climber and bellman, heard of the fire in Yosemite National Park was from a mother and daughter who drove up breathless on Friday.

They had been near the park’s famed Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. They saw a fire “this big,” the mother said, stretching her arms wide, indicating a few feet. They ran for a few seconds and looked back. Two trees were on fire. Twenty seconds later, she said, more trees than she could count.

By Saturday morning the fire was affecting just under 1,200 acres and was threatening approximately 500 giant sequoias and the community of Wawona.

On Friday night there were crews at the southern entrance of the park working to clear vegetation and create fire lines around the big trees that included a 3,000-year-old Grizzly Giant; one of the world’s largest.

Several of the trees were being wrapped in fire-resistant blankets while hoses were being laid to create a sprinkler-like system to keep the giant trees moist, helping them to survive.

Some are blaming climate change for the ongoing drought that has left California vulnerable to wildfires, while others say it’s poor forest management; Governor Gavin Newsom has failed to implement any type of fire prevention program.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. From what I read, sequoias are very fire resistant. In fact fire is needed to clear underbrush and to open cones. Without fire sequoia cones don’t open and seed isn’t dispersed. Sequoia bark is very very thick and hard to burn. Once a fire has passed thru, the soil is exposed, seeds are scattered and sequoia seedlings have a chance to survive.

  2. In both Sequoia and Yosemite parks, they do prescribed burns. One thing to note, National parks are under federal, not state authority. CA doesn’t have any say on National parks.

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