California’s Giant Sequoias Are in Big Trouble

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

In 2015 a lightning strike started what became known as the Rough Fire, which eventually burned more than 150,000 acres of forest east of Fresno and just west of Kings Canyon National Park.

The blaze burned into seven different sequoia groves in Sequoia National Forest, as well as a grove called the General Grant Complex in Kings Canyon National Park. As the flames died down and the smoke cleared, experts realized that an unusually large number of big sequoias had been killed by the blaze—27 on park land and 74 on national forest.

The deaths of

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