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.

Read more here: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-wildfire-general-sherman-tree-b1921492.html

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