Crews Working To Protect Giant Sequoia Trees In Yosemite National Park

A wildfire threatening the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park has more than doubled in size since Saturday afternoon. The blaze is near the iconic grove of about 500 mature Sequoias, which are the world’s biggest trees by volume. The Washburn Fire has scorched about 3.6 square miles, an increase of about 300 acres overnight. The fire is a threat to more than 500 mature sequoias in the park’s Mariposa Grove. The grove is being protected by a sprinkler system and officials say that fortunately it has a long history of prescribed burning to reduce vegetation that can fuel flames.

— The Electra Fire in Amador and El Dorado Counties is 85% contained after burning nearly 4,500 acres. No structures have been damaged in that fire. One firefighter was injured.
— The Porter Fire in the Sheridan area of Placer County is 166 acres and 100% contained.
— The Bay Fire near Browns Valley in Yuba County is 15 acres.
— The Rices Fire in Nevada County is 98% contained after burning 904 acres.