Air quality remains a concern in California thanks to severe active wildfires, and health experts are warning people to limit their time outdoors.
California’s historic redwoods are also being threatened by wildfires. As the Windy fires and KNP Complex fires approached, officials evacuated areas near Sequoia National Park.
Officials showed reporters Wednesday how Sequoia National Park’s famous Giant Forest was protected from the fires caused by the KNP Complex fires. They used controlled fires for many years to clear away any vegetation that could have been a source of wildfires.
Some of the world’s most iconic giant sequoias had their bases wrapped in refractory material. Giant Forest contains 2,000 redwoods. It also includes the General Sherman Tree which is the largest tree in the world.
Wildfires become more difficult to control because of historic droughts caused by climate change. It has claimed the lives of millions of trees across California. Scientists claim that the West has become warmer and drier in the last 30 years. They predict that wildfires will be more common and more destructive.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, there were still more than 9,000 firefighters assigned to 10 active wildfires.
California’s fires this year have destroyed 3,671 homes, commercial properties, and other buildings on 3,671 acres.