Digital Desk, San Francisco. A report by the US National Park Service said wildfires in the state of California in the past 15 months have scorched, destroyed or severely damaged thousands of mature large trees, causing Earth’s fifth largest tree to grow in two years. Parts of the tree are gone.
Two fires this September in Sequoia National Park and the surrounding Sequoia National Forest destroyed more than a third of California’s trees and an estimated 2,261 between 3 and 5 percent of the majestic tree population, according to a report released by the agency. 3,637 trees were burnt. The species has a limited distribution, covering only 28,000 acres in 70 trees on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Giant sequoias can live for thousands of years.
These trees include coveted national treasures such as the Sequoia and the General Sherman Tree in Kings Canyon National Park, which is considered the largest tree in the world, growing to 275 feet (83.8 m) tall with a diameter of 36 feet (10.9 m) at the base. Is. The report explained that mature giant sequoias mean trees that are more than four feet (1.2 m) in diameter. The report attributed the disastrous situation to the giant sequestrations on climate change.
The burned area has increased dramatically since 2015 and the amount of high-severity fires in the sequoia groves has led to the loss of large sequoia trees, the report said. This increase is consistent with an increase in high-intensity fires across the western US, which has been linked to hot, dry fire seasons and fuel dryness associated with climate change.