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A sprinkler system has been installed in the forest and a cabin wrapped in foil as wildfire threatens Yosemite’s beloved sequoias

July 11, 2022

Fire crews are working to steer a growing wildfire away from Yosemite National Park’s legendary giant sequoias, taking protective measures like installing a sprinkler system to dampen the ground around one of the park’s most famous trees.

While officials say the trees have avoided significant damage so far, the 2,340-acre Washburn Fire doubled in size over the weekend, entering Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove, where more than 500 giant sequoias — some thought to be more than 2,000 years old — can tower to more than 20 stories. CNN