California Fire Crews Protect World’s Largest Tree in Fire-resistant Wrap As Wildfires

A General Sherman tree wrapped in foil as KNP Complex Fire rages in Three Rivers, California, in this September 17, 2021 handout picture. SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS/Handout via REUTERS

Fire crews in California have resorted to wrapping the bases of some giant sequoias in fire-resistant coverings in a desperate effort to save the towering specimens, including the General Sherman, the world’s largest tree, the National Park Service said on Friday.

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SOURCE: Reuters, By Fred Greaves, Writing and addtional reporting by Peter Szekely in New York Editing by Aurora Ellis and Matthew Lewis

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