Sequoia National Park says lightning-sparked wildfires in the past two years have killed a minimum of nearly 10,000 giant sequoia trees in California.
Fire crews moved to ramp up the battle against two expanding fires threatening Sequoia National Park’s giant sequoia trees and infrastructure.
The park will remain closed until Monday while repairs are made and roads and parking lots cleared.
“I want to make sure that our national monuments are available for my kids and for future generations.”
The tree was "barely alive" due to the hole punched through it in the 1880s.
Some of the trees are nearly 3,000 years old.