Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia —
A giant sequoia tree in Sequoia National Park, California, United States (USA), which is considered the largest tree in the world is wrapped in aluminum foil to protect it from fires.
As reported TOPNews, Saturday (18/9) US time, the tree, named the General Sherman Tree, has a height of approximately 83 meters and a diameter of 10.9 meters. This size makes this tree taller than the Statue of Liberty.
“We told firefighters to treat our sequoias like they treat buildings and wrap everything up,” said Christy Brigham, Head of Science and Resource Management for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Tree protection with aluminum is one of the preparations for this giant forest home to 2,000 sequoia trees. Not only do they wrap trees, they also throw away objects that can catch fire.
Further, Brigham said national parks and firefighters were spraying fire-resistant gel from helicopters for trees in hard-to-access locations. However, it is also not easy because the puff of smoke disturbs the helicopter.
Such constraints make forest fires in various national parks inevitable. Even forest fires also occurred in a number of locations that had never been burned at all.
The fire indicated that there was an overgrowth that could lead to a fire with a hotter, more intense fire. This can have serious consequences for sequoia trees.
“Two-thirds of all the area of giant sequoia forest in the Sierra Nevada has burned in wildfires between 2015 and 2020,” the National Park Service said.
They also explained that last year’s fires roughly destroyed 7,500 to 10,600 sequoia trees that were hundreds to 3,000 years old. This amount is approximately 10 to 14 percent of the world’s sequoia trees.
Meanwhile, Save the Redwoods League President and CEO Sam Hodder said that the main enemy of giant sequoias is not fire. The reason is, a number of the trees are still alive despite the forest fires.
The bark usually protects the tree from severe damage and heat caused by fire. However, it will become increasingly difficult for the tree to heal from the wounds caused by constant fires.