The General Sherman Tree is 1,487 cubic metres, making it the largest tree in the world by volume. Due to the increase in wildfires this year, firefighters wrapped the base of this tree in a fire-resistant blanket to protect it. The famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias is being threatened by the wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.
This colossal tree is located in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, and other sequoias and buildings in the park were wrapped according to fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson. The wrapping is made out of aluminum and can withstand intense heat for a short period. Federal officials claim they have been using this material for several years in the U.S. west to protect important structures.
The area of Lake Tahoe was hit with a wildfire and some homes were wrapped in this protective material. Some of the homes survived the blaze and others were still destroyed with the wrapping. Fire officials said The Colony Fire will reach Sequoia National Park within the next few days. A fire spokeswoman Katy Hooper said, on Thursday, the layer of smoke helped slow down the spread of the fire.
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