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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Effort To Save Sequoias In Yosemite

Inmate firefighters walk along Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Inmate firefighters walk along Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The giant Rim Fire raging near Yosemite National Park is threatening two groves of giant sequoias: the Tuolumne Grove and the Merced Grove.

The redwoods have some natural defenses against wildfires, but firefighters are clearing brush near the groves and setting up sprinkler systems to provide the ancient trees with extra help if the fire does spread to the groves.

Guest

  • Tom Medema, spokesman for Yosemite National Park.

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