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World’s largest tree wrapped in fire-resistant blanket due to wildfire fears

Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket, in a bid to save it from the raging wildfires plaguing California.

According to the National Park Service, the General Sherman Tree is the largest tree in volume at 52,508 cubic yards (1,487 cubic meters).

It stands tall at 275 feet (84 meters) and its circumference is 103 feet (31.3 metres) below ground.

The colossal tree is in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest – a grove of 2,000 sequoias – and was wrapped for protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson said.



The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world by volume, at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic metres)
The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world by volume, at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic metres)

According to NBC News, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were also wrapped for protection.

The aluminum wrapping can withstand high heat for short periods. Federal officials have used the material for protection against flames for years.

Protective material was used to protect homes near Lake Tahoe from a recent wildfire. Others were destroyed in the fire.



Other buildings were also wrapped for protection
Other buildings were also wrapped for protection

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According to fire officials, the Colony Fire was likely to reach Giant Forest in a matter of days.

The fire follows a wildfire that destroyed thousands of sequoias in the area last year. Some of them were as tall as high-rises, and many of them are thousands of years old.

Clay Jordan, Sequoia and Kings Canyon park superintendents stressed the importance protecting these massive trees from high intensity fire.



Last year a wildfire in the region killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old
Last year a wildfire in the region killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old

A 50-year history of using prescribed burns — fires set on purpose to remove other types of trees and vegetation that would otherwise feed wildfires — in the parks’ sequoia groves was expected to help the giant trees survive by lessening the impact if flames reach them.

Paterson said: “A robust fire history of prescribed fire in that area is reason for optimism.

“Hopefully, the Giant Forest will emerge from this unscathed.”

World’s largest tree wrapped in fire-resistant blanket due to wildfire fears
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