Air quality remains a concern in California thanks to severe active wildfires and health experts are warning people to limit their time outside.
California’s historic Sequoia trees are also being threatened by wildfires. As the Windy and KNP Complex fires approached, officials evacuated communities close to Sequoia National Park.
On Wednesday, officials showed reporters how Sequoia National Park’s famous Giant Forest has been protected from the KNP Complex fire by years of using carefully set and controlled fires to burn away vegetation that can serve as wildfire fuel.
Fire-resistant materials were also used to wrap the bases of famous giant sequoias. Giant Forest contains 2,000 sequoias, and the General Sherman Tree is the largest tree by volume in the world.
Wildfires are becoming more difficult to combat because of the historic drought. It has already killed millions of trees in California. Scientists believe that climate change has made West more warm and dryer over the past 30 years. This will continue to affect weather patterns and make wildfires more destructive and frequent.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports that more than 9000 firefighters were assigned to 10 large, active wildfires.
California fires destroyed more than 3,671 square meters of land this year, and caused damage to 3,671 homes, commercial properties, and other structures.