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Today’s learning topic is titled, A Single Fire Killed Thousands Of Sequoias.  Scientists Are Racing To Save The Rest.  The published article was written by correspondent Lauren Sommer and published by the NPR’s Science Desk at on September 17, 2021.

When mammon-sized tree species like Sequoia trees live to be more than 1,500 years old.  In their lengthy lifespan, they sequester a tremendous amount of carbon, including carbon dioxide, which provides ecological services that fight climate change and global warming.

In 2020, The Castle Fire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California claimed between 10% to 14% of the old Sequoia growth according to National Park Service published estimates after assessment.

More recently, and with California wildfire activities in full-swing, an article titled California Wildfires Make A Run Toward A Giant Sequoia Grove exposes a current threat.  The article was published by The Associated Press on September 18, 2021.

The most recent fire in the Sequoia National Park, started by two lightning strikes, is threatening 2,000 Sequoia trees standing in one grove.  One in particular, the General Sherman Tree, boasts a  ground circumference of 103′ and extends skyward for 275′.

Efforts have been made to wrap the Sequoia trees in the grove at Sequoia National Park with fire-resistant blankets to protect them as fire advances, which are comprised with aluminum.