Wildfire nears famed

Wildfire nears famed giant sequoia grove in Yosemite
Wildfire nears famed giant sequoia grove in Yosemite

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Oona, California -Wildfire nears famed giant sequoia grove in Yosemite, a portion of Yosemite National Park near a grove of California’s famous giant sequoia trees has been closed off, officials said.

The Washburn fire on Thursday forced park officials to close Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s largest sequoia grove and home to more than 500 mature giant sequoias.

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It was not immediately clear if any of the trees had been wildfired. The rest of the park remains open.

The NPS said in a statement to social media that the fire, which spans an estimated 60 to 70 acres, is burning near the bottom of Mariposa Grove.

“Firefighters are putting out the flames from the ground and the air,” the park service wrote on Facebook.
“Mariposa Grove is closed until further notice. All other areas of Yosemite National Park are open.”

President Lincoln signed legislation in 1864 to protect Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for “public use, resort, and recreation.”

Officials said in a tweet, Thursday, that firefighters were working from the ground and the air to contain the fire in the southern part of the national park.

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Nearly 23,000 acres have been consumed by nearly 3,600 California fires so far this year, according to Cal Fire.

A nationwide report released in May found that 1.6 million drugs are at high risk of exposure to wildfires over the next 30 years as a result of climate change.