It seems that the largest tree in the world is threatened by the flames of fire, prompting firefighters in California to wrap “General Sherman” in tin foil, in anticipation of any dangers that may affect that perennial tree.
On Friday evening, the California National Park Service announced that firefighting crews had resorted to wrapping the roots of some giant sequoia trees with fireproof covers as part of their desperate attempts to save tall trees, including the tree named “General Sherman”, the largest tree in the world. the scientist.
The measures came after the fire, one of dozens in western states in the early fire season, closed Sequoia National Park earlier this week and left a blanket of thick smoke in the area early Friday morning.
The small town of Three Rivers, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, also said the town’s air quality was poor.
Meanwhile, the Federal Accident Information System “Insweep” indicated that the fire, which was called the KNB Complex and was caused by the merging of two other fires, has grown and spread today on an area of more than 11,000 acres
The biggest tree on earth
For his part, Mark Jarrett, a spokesman for the parks agency, noted that the fire was burning 1.6 kilometers from the giant forest in the park, which contains the largest tree on Earth, by size, before the departure of 115 employees from the park earlier in the day. this week.
“Teams are making preparations in the ‘Forest Giants District’ before the fire reaches it, removing all fuel and placing casings around some of the famous sequoia trees that characterize the most famous area of Sequoia National Park,” the parks agency said in a statement.
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The General Sherman tree, according to the Park Service, is the tallest among more than 2,000 other sequoia trees in the park, reaching 83 meters in length, nearly as high as the dome of the Washington Capitol, and more than 11 meters in diameter at the base.
These giant sequoia trees, many of which are more than 3,000 years old, usually only grow at the higher elevations of the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. These trees, thanks to their thick bark, can withstand and overcome most fires.