Satellite photos show California wildfires closing in on a world-famous grove of giant sequoia trees

© NASA/Lauren Dauphin A satellite image showing the KNP Complex fire encroaching on Sequoia National Park NASA/Lauren Dauphin

  • The KNP complex fire is burning around California’s Sequoia National Park.
  • Satellite images released by NASA show the fire nearing the famed Giant Forest, which holds the largest concentration of giant sequoias in the park.
  • Firefighters have responded by protecting some of the trees with fire-resistant blankets.
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California wildfires are encroaching on a world-famous grove of sequoia trees, satellite images show.

Images released by NASA on Friday show the KNP complex burning around Sequoia National Park and its famed Giant Forest, which holds the largest concentration of giant sequoias in the park.

NASA said the Paradise fire and Colony fire are also burning nearby.

© NASA/Lauren Dauphin A satellite image of the KNP Complex fire in California NASA/Lauren Dauphin

As of Thursday, the KNP Complex fire was already making its way through the forest, while the Colony Fire was within a mile of the grove, fire officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Firefighters have responded by wrapping some of the trees – including the famed General Sherman, considered the largest tree on Earth by volume – in fire-resistant blankets.

Rebecca Paterson, a spokeswoman for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, told the LA Times that trees “are being prepped the same way that we would prep structures.”

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