World’s largest tree wrapped in fire-resistant blanket

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Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket in an effort to save the ancient sequoia from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

Fires in northern California are encroaching upon Sequoia National Park – and putting the world’s largest tree, known as General Sherman, at risk.

The Colony and Paradise Fires, collectively known as the KNP Complex Fire, started with a lightning strike on 10 September.

The towns of Three Rivers, Silver City, and Cabin Cove, on the edge of the national park have been placed under evacuation orders.

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Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. Lightning can occur between opposite charges within the thunderstorm cloud (intra-cloud lightning) or between opposite charges in the cloud and on the ground (cloud-to-ground lightning). (Source: NSSL)

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