What likely saved California's iconic General Sherman Tree from the KNP Complex Fire

  • Source: SF Gate
  • Published: 09/20/2021 12:00 AM

California's iconic General Sherman Tree and many other behemoth trees in Sequoia National Park were still standing Monday morning, authorities said. The KNP Complex wildfire threatened the park's so-called Giant Forest in recent days, especially Saturday when the blaze exploded, but the trees, which are a popular tourist attraction, escaped flames. It seemed like a miracle of sorts, but Mark Garrett, a fire information officer for the National Park Service, said there's an explanation for why these trees survived — and that's prescribed burns. More than 400 acres around the General Sherman Tree underwent a prescribed burn as recently as 2019, Garrett said. Garret said activity on the KNP Complex escalated Saturday when an inversion layer lifted and winds picked up.


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