Protect sequoias from KNP Complex Fire: Are prescribed burns the way to go?

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Sequoia trees are seen amid smoke in the Sequoia National Forest in California, U.S. September 17, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Fred Greaves.

The KNP Complex Fire continues to burn out of control in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in Central California. It ignited more than a week ago and remains 0% contained as of this morning. But there is some good news: Firefighters have saved the four famous sequoia trees (The Four Guardsmen) that mark the entrance to the Giant Forest. General Sherman — thought to be the largest tree in the world — is also still standing. However, the fate of other sequoia groves near the park is unknown. 

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