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Firefighters Battle California Wildfires Nearing World's Largest Tree

Firefighters are battling a trio of wildfires threatening to burn some of the world's oldest and largest trees.

  • The fires started to the west of the Sequoia National Forest and have slowly edged east; one blaze had grown to more than 21,000 acres as of Sunday afternoon.
  • The base of the world's largest tree (named General Sherman) has been wrapped in fire-resistant aluminum in hopes of saving it.
  • The tree is 275 tall, and over 36 feet in diameter at the base, making it taller than the Statue of Liberty from its base to the torch.
Officials say there's no doubt "firefighters are going to stay busy."

Photo Credit: Getty Images


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