Fire threatens thousand-year-old sequoias in Yosemite Park, California, US

File – March 28, 2021, United States, Groveland: A CalFire firefighter extinguishes a wildfire burning east of the community of Groveland in Yosemite National Park, California. Photo credit: Tracy Barbutes/ZUMA Wire/dpa. – Tracy Barbutes/ZUMA Wire/dpa

Firefighters try to control a wildfire threatening hundreds of thousand-year-old sequoias in Yosemite National Park in California, United States, on Sunday.

The park’s chief spokesman, Scott Gediman, said that the flames of the fire were «very close, they are right around (the grove),» as reported by the U.S. network CNN.

‘Mariposa Grove’ is home to more than 500 giant sequoias, the grove was founded in 1857, but the trees existed long before that, and some are believed to be more than 2,000 years old.

Gediman also explained that the flames are one or two kilometers from the oldest hotel in the park, the Wawona Hotel, founded in 1856.

The Washburn fire started on July 7 and has doubled in size this weekend. A total of 360 firefighters are working to contain the fire by land and air.

«Fire is naturally part of the ecosystem, but it’s these high-intensity fires that cause the damage that occurred, for example, in the Creek Fire and the TCF complex last year in Redwood National Park,» Gediman stressed, as reported by the network.

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