Summer is just about over, but the summer fire season rages on in California, and an out-of-control blaze has now breached the Giant Forest in northern California.
That’s a very big deal, because this forest is home to the largest giant sequoia grove in the world, and it’s home to General Sherman, which is the largest tree in the world.
Two first, the Colony Fire and the paradise Fire merged on Friday and the size build to 17,000 acres.
The Sequoia National Park is completely shut down, and the fire is 0% contained.
Firefighters saw this coming a week ago, and have spent the better part of the last week prepping the Giant Forest for the fire that was raging and on a direct route to the sequoias.
The crews cleared vegetation around the sequoias in order to hopefully slow the fire, and the General Sherman was wrapped at the base in fire-resistant aluminum in order to protect it.
So far, the flames have not gotten to General Sherman, and hopefully the conditions will improve so more hotshot crews can get on the scene to help.
The weather reports are not goo, as a red flag warning is under affect, which means the wildfire risk is high.
Currently there are over 400 firefighters from all over fighting the blaze and trying to save as many giant sequoias as they possibly can.