The Dismantling of America: Two wildfires sparked by lightning strikes threaten to destroy ancient gigantic Sequoia trees in California national park after blazes destroy 7,000-acres of forest

Two wildfires sparked by lightning strikes threaten to destroy ancient gigantic Sequoia trees in California national park after blazes destroy 7,000-acres of forest

Firefighters have ramped up efforts to beat back two expanding wildfires ignited by lightning strikes that threaten to converge at Sequoia National Park.

The Colony and Paradise fires have consumed 7,038 acres of forest in California’s Sierra Nevada, according to InciWeb data.

The Colony Fire was a threat to Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias and the General Sherman Tree – the world’s largest tree – but not imminently, said Mark Ruggiero, fire information officer for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

Clay Jordan, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, said during a community meeting on Tuesday that crews have had difficulty reaching the blaze due to the area’s steep terrain and said that air teams ‘literally started painting the mountains red with retardant’ to prepare for the fire’s potential arrival.

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Source: Daily Mail

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