The base of the colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park was covered for protection against the possibility of intense flames.
Fire crews moved to ramp up the battle against two expanding fires threatening Sequoia National Park’s giant sequoia trees and infrastructure.
The change could allow fire crews to get into densely forested areas to begin clearing toppled trees and branches.
The Caldor fire burning in Northern California is spreading in “unprecedented” ways, leading to mass evacuations and destroying hundreds of homes.
The blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to flee.
“We did everything we could,” fire spokesman Mitch Matlow said. “Sometimes it’s just not enough.”
Both pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other felony and misdemeanor counts.
Pacific Gas & Electric equipment may have sparked the Dixie Fire, which has grown to nearly 47 square miles in Northern California.
Firefighters working in searing weather struggled to contain a Northern California wildfire that continued to grow and forced the closure of a major highway.
Tassajara Zen Center forced to evacuate.