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Wildfire grows near famed Yosemite grove of sequoia trees

Wildfire grows near famed Yosemite grove of sequoia trees

WAWONA, Calif. (AP) — Part of Yosemite National Park has been closed while a wildfire quintupled inside dimensions near a grove of California's famous colossus sequoia trees, officials said.

The blaze forced park officials on Thursday to near Mariposa Grove, which has the largest sequoia grove inside Yosemite accompanied by every one one other accompanied by features additional than 500 mature colossus sequoias. The relax of the national park is open.

The blaze grew from 46 acres (19 hectares) Thursday darkness to 250 acres (101 hectares) by Friday earlier to noon accompanied by no indeed indeed containment, said Nancy Phillipe, a Yosemite blaze details spokesperson.

The sequoias are threatened by the flames, nevertheless there have been no indeed indeed reports of severe injury to the grove's named sequoias, such while the 3,000-year-old Grizzly Giant, Phillipe said.

Some park visitors had to exist evacuated from the blaze area Thursday, nevertheless there were no indeed indeed injuries. Access to the grove was closed to permit firefighters easier access to the flames, Phillipe said.

"Our priorities are certainly the colossus sequoias accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the inhabitants of Wawona," which lies within the park, she said.

The blaze was earliest reported on the park's the Washburn Trail — for which the blaze was at that hour dated named — inside the Mariposa Grove's foot small portion on Thursday around 2 p.m. by 911 callers, Phillipe said. It's spring remains under investigation.

Crews are fighting the blaze by ground accompanied by every one one other accompanied by air inside hopes of preventing the blaze from spreading.

"We're really hitting it hard, while a a large amount of while we can," Phillipe said.

Wildfire grows near famed Yosemite grove of sequoia trees

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