UPDATED 11:07 AM PT – Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Hundreds of firefighters are racing against time to contain a wildfire threatening a small community and ancient Sequoia trees at Yosemite National Park. The Washburn Fire has scorched more than 2,000 acres and is 25 percent contained.
The fire was first reported on July 7 and residents of the Wawona community and campers have since been evacuated. Fire crews are using several tactics to protect more than 500 Sequoias in the park’s Mariposa Grove, including the most well-known tree named “The Grizzly Giant.”
Firefighters are doing everything they can to help protect the famous sequoias in the Yosemite National Park from the #Washburnfire.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) July 12, 2022
The flames are being fueled by extreme heat and dry conditions. Crews are tracking the fire from above and using air tanker planes to drop fire-retardant chemicals on the blaze. They are also using bulldozers to create containment lines and wrapping some of the Sequoias with protective foil.
— Dustin Gardiner (@dustingardiner) July 11, 2022
The southern portion of Yosemite is closed to visitors, but the rest of the national park remains open.