Thinking about traveling to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in California to take in the majestic giant sequoias, allow us to change your plans. There's actually a giant sequoia growing right here in Michigan. Located in Manistee, Michigan, the seemingly misplaced tree is not only growing, but growing...
A recently released report regarding the KNP Complex and the Windy Fire states that between 2,261 and 3,637 large giant sequoias, those over four feet or more in diameter, died during the fires or are so badly burned that they are expected to die within the next three to five years.
Experts blame drought and extreme fire behavior fueled by climate change for wildfires that have destroyed thousands of Giant Sequoias in California.
'There is nothing alive on that tree': Inside a giant sequoia grove scorched by the KNP Complex fire
Most of the giant sequoias killed by the KNP Complex fire were in a single grove, where flames may have blanketed the tops of the trees that rise more than 250 feet.
Thousands of California's giant sequoias died this year. Giant sequoias are the largest living things on Earth. Some are nearly 4,000 years old, living naturally along a narrow strip of land in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains at elevations between 3,000 and 8,500 feet. The trees can become so massive that they seem to belong in a Tolkien novel. The largest, named General Sherman, has a 101-foot circumference at its base and is over 270 feet tall. The tallest, though skinnier than General Sherman, reach heights above 340 feet.
Collectively, the KNP Complex and Windy fires burned over 185,000 acres in California — damaging at least 28 giant sequoia groves. And it's now believed that around 5% of the world's giant sequoias died as a result. This year's wildfire season saw the state's largest single-source wildfire ever recorded, entire...
In the space of just over a year, we’ve lost up to 20% of the world’s oldest, largest giant sequoia. When photos of the world’s largest tree wrapped in foil-like material to protect it from oncoming wildfire went viral in September, people around the world quickly grasped something that others have perhaps been slow to understand: our treasured giant sequoia are facing an existential danger.
The tree is considered the largest in the world by volume.
Lightning-sparked wildfires killed thousands of giant sequoias this year, leading to a staggering two-year death toll that accounts for up to nearly a fifth of Earth’s largest trees, officials said Friday. Fires in Sequoia National Park and surrounding Sequoia National Forest tore through more than a third of groves in...