Following the California wildfires, up to 10,000 trees damaged through drought, fire or disease must be removed. The removal will keep the nearby highway shut to those who want the two largest sequoias.
The trees in danger could cause damage to vehicles and pedestrians along the stretch that is State Route 180 known as Generals Highway, or they might create barriers to fire and emergency response The Sequoia National Parks and Kings Canyon national parks said on Friday.
The road has been closed because of the KNP Complex blaze, which was contained to 60% after burning the area of 138 acres (357 acres) of forest. The highway is expected to remain closed for visitors until the fire is put out, while sawing crews trim branches and cut down trees. The cooler temperatures have helped in reducing the fire and the region was predicted to get wet by on Sunday.
The highway links Giant Forest, home to the General Sherman Tree, which is believed to be the world's biggest by volume, with Grant Grove, home to the General Grant Tree, the second-largest in the world. The trees that line the highway are pine, sequoias and conifer, according to spokeswoman for the department of fire Kimberly Caschalk.
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The KNP Complex has been burning since September. 9 when lightning set off two fires that then combined.
Forest officials have stated that earlier this month, the fires could caused the deaths of hundreds of sequoias however the extent of the destruction has not been established.
The effects of the fire on massive sequoia groves was varied. The majority of the groves experienced low- to moderate intensity fire behaviors that sequoias have evolved to withstand and some of the most prominent trees escaped.
Firefighters took extreme measures to guard the sequoias by wrapping fire-resistant materials around the bases of a few gigantic trees, raking and clearing plants around them, installing sprinklers, and spraying some with water or gel that acts as a fire retardant.
The drought in the West caused by changes in climate is making wildfires more difficult to combat. Scientists believe that climate changes have caused the West more humid and warmer over the last 30 years, which means the snow and rain that falls will likely evaporate or soak into the soil and continue to make the weather more extreme , and wildfires frequent and destructive.
The recent storms helped to contain some of the country's biggest wildfires this year. This includes ones that threatened to destroy the famous Lake Tahoe resort region this summer. It is now 100% contained after snow covered the western part of the fire, and rain fell on the eastern part of the blaze. However, this week's storms will not stop the drought that's been ravaging California along with the rest of the west United States