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Officials try to protect giant sequoias
from California wildfire

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:smcchk, 8/25/2013 12:41:27 AM

GROVELAND, CALIF – Officials are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. The iconic trees can resist fire, but dry conditions and heavy brush are forcing park officials to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves. About three dozen of the giant trees are affected. "All of the plants and trees in Yosemite are important, but the giant sequoias are incredibly important both for what they are and as symbols of the National Park System," park spokesman Scott Gediman

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Hoping that the fires can be stopped.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fayebeck, 8/25/2013 12:53:01 AM     (No. 9489867)

San Francisco´s water supply is in danger? I wonder what is being done to protect the Delta Smelt.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 8/25/2013 12:53:53 AM     (No. 9489868)

Those big ol´ trees are national treasures. I hope they can protect them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Noj15, 8/25/2013 1:04:06 AM     (No. 9489871)

Morons worrying about saving the redwood trees when 1) redwood trees need fire to reseed. I learned that as a kid from the rangers in Yosemite. From Wiki: "The giant sequoia regenerates by seed. Young trees start to bear cones at the age of 12 years. Trees up to about 20 years old may produce stump sprouts subsequent to injury, but unlike coast redwood, shoots do not form on the stumps of mature trees. Giant sequoias of all ages may sprout from their boles when branches are lost to FIRE or breakage." and 2) you idiots in the Parks Department should be burning the forest every year to keep down the burn material to prevent runaway fires such as the Rim Fire. The native Americans routinely burned the woods. Idiots. These fires are a direct result of your failed management of the forest. Bet a few treehuggers had their houses burned down and still don´t know why it happened, or that it could have been prevented.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 8/25/2013 1:36:41 AM     (No. 9489884)

The Sequoia has thick, fire "proof" bark and needs fire to reproduce.

This is like "the fire is destroying Yellowstone" which was total baloney and exactly wrong. Today Yellowstone is covered with huge regrowth of lodgepole pines that were seeded in the 1988 fires. Some in the forest service know this stuff, but a lot are apparently terminally stupid and think stopping fire is good, when fire is natural and HELPS the forest in the long run. Protect the BUILDINGS, let the rest burn naturally.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 8/25/2013 3:26:27 AM     (No. 9489903)

All the firefighting funding has been urinated away by Obama on his unending, ceaseless, gigantic vacations. The trees are doomed!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mws50, 8/25/2013 7:47:05 AM     (No. 9490003)

#3 & 4 have nailed it. Without fire, there would be no sequoias or douglas firs. They both depend on fire to clear out an area for their seeds to germinate and receive sunshine.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BarryNo, 8/25/2013 7:54:11 AM     (No. 9490010)

Well people... Our Sequoias are toast. Giant trees, genetically and developmentally designed to ride out wild fires will likely be destroyed by our government while they try to protect them from a wild fire.

They were nice while they lasted.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 8/25/2013 8:57:16 AM     (No. 9490133)

The trees could protect themselves until the forestry department people took over.

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