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New wildfire prompts evacuations in Northern California
"Crews are working to protect giant sequoia trees from wildfires in California's Sierra Nevada governor Gavin Newsom says one big wildfires in the K. and P. complex zero percent percent contained thirty three thousand acres just this complex over the years the area around the big trees had controlled fires to burn away vegetation Christy Brigham with sequoia and kings national parks says the bases are also wrapped in fire resistant material these are all fired up well this is very what if there's air in here so far only one big tree has been damaged giant forest has two thousand sequoias and includes the general Sherman the largest tree in the world by volume I'm a Donahue
"christy brigham" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And Paul wrangled with Save the Redwoods League. We want to hear from you. What questions do you have about the giant sequoias? And how is this news? Hitting? You give us a call now at 18667336786. That's 18667336786. You can also get in touch on Twitter and Facebook were at KQED Forum. Or you can email your questions to forum at kqed dot org. Paul, I'm curious. Will they ever come back? I mean, this is thousands. These are thousands of trees that take thousands of years to grow. And this is the only place on earth that they exist. Are they gone forever? The ones that have had died in the fire are gone forever. But each of those has, you know, left legacies in the form of the cones that that dropped out of the trees. The feelings that come back following these fires, one very jarring concern that we have. And it's indicated in some of the photos that that many of the viewers have seen. The moonscape that was referred to earlier is that In some of these areas in the very highest severity burn areas. The fire was so intense that it burns received the cones and and really, there's a real significant concern that there will not be natural regeneration. And so what we're doing already to address that it's going in. And hand plant those areas in the severe burn areas with seedlings that that we hope will, uh, you know, basically get a boost, get a toehold and create that next that next generation So it's certainly though, at the ecosystem level and and thinking about old growth square groves. You know those at least on a on a on a shorter term basis are irreplaceable. It takes, you know thousands of years. Uh to, uh, for grove like that to return. After having this kind of intense fire run through it, but we have to. We have to continue to be hopeful, Christie said. We band together and do everything we can not only to recover. The groves that different severely, but perhaps more importantly, to make sure that we're doing all we can to increase the resilience of those growths that did not burn. In the face of what? We know what we know We're going to be future fires. Joseph writes. I grew up near Kings Canyon National Park, and I've spent much of my life around these beautiful trees. I'm saddened to hear this news. Although it's not a surprise, the landscape has been drying out for decades. While these trees have evolved with fire, how much longer can they survive without enough water, Kristie? That's it. That's a question and one that we continue to study and there is not a definitive answer. But I will say these trees are tough. And although the 2012 to 2016 drought was unprecedented in terms of how hot it was and how little water The trees did fared quite well. During that time. Many showed no signs of stress and some actually that we're stressed drop needles and then recovered. The thing to know about Giants a quiz there already in the wettest parts of the landscape because they use a lot of water 500 to 800 Gallon today, um, when it's taught Because they're so tall and big and they need a lot of water, so they've already put themselves on the wettest part of the landscape. So I personally feel that the data points to If we can get our act together and manage these forests, exactly. As Paul said, to increase wildfire resilience, we are buying ourselves time to learn more about the longer term climate changes and address those changes. And these trees are tough. They they're not going to give up easily, so I personally have hope that they can persist if we can do our best in managing the forest. Let's hope that that hope is contagious. Among Not only scientists, but across all of California. Um we have been talking to Christy Brigham. She's head of resources and management at Sequoia and Kings Canyon, National Parks and Paul wrinkled with save the Redwoods League about the devastating news this week. Of many of our thousands of our giant sequoias that burnt from last year's wildfires be back soon. Support for KQED comes from a generous gift from Jianshe Ramen. Maria Manetti shrimp founders of the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at U. C. Davis, who Believe that all people deserve access to education and culture to enrich a lifetime of exploration and learning..