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The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Will Survive Current Raging Fire

July 13, 2022

The Washburn Fire is burning through areas of Yosemite National Park, just south of Yosemite Valley. As of Tuesday evening, the fire had consumed roughly 3,500 acres. The Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, trees more than 3,000 years old, has areas within the footprint of the fire, causing many ecologists and lovers of those massive, ancient trees to worry. But efforts over the years to reduce fuel at the base of the trees seems to have worked, with Yosemite forest ecologist Garret Dickman telling a local news outlet the trees should be spared the worst of the damage. Adventure Journal