Wildfire threatens giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park

On Saturday, July 9, the Washburn fire continued to burn in the southern parts of Yosemite National Park, endangering giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove park area, fire officials said. The fire that broke out on Thursday prompted the evacuation and closure of Mariposa Grove. On Friday, mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Wawona Community and Wawona Campground. By Saturday morning, 703 acres of forest had been burned, officials said. This temporary footage was taken Saturday morning by ALERTWildfire cameras located south of the fire on Deadwood Mountain and northwest of the fire on Telegraph Hill. Mariposa Grove contains the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite, with about 500 mature giant sequoias growing in it, according to the National Park Service (NPS). “The idea of ​​a national park is rooted in the Mariposa Grove. In 1864, President Lincoln signed into law a law protecting Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for “public use, resort, and recreation,” according to the NPS website. Credit: ALERTWildfire via Storyful