The KNP Complex fire started as two electric spark fires which eventually merged
The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway to the giant forest in Sequoia National Park in California, have been successfully rescued from wildfires, officials said.
The fire management team said on Sunday that the trees were spared from the KNP complex fire by removing the surrounding vegetation and wrapping fire-resistant material around the bases of the trees.
The KNP Complex fire began as two electric spark fires that eventually merged and scorched approximately 40 square miles in the middle of Sequoia Country on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.
However, there was no immediate word on the full extent of the damage in the Giant Sequoia National Monument Area of the Sequoia National Forest and several other sequoia groves that were triggered by a separate flame, the Windy Fire, in the Tule River Indian Reservation.
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The KNP Complex fire forced the evacuation of Sequoia National Park last week, and the nearby Kings Canyon National Park was closed on Sunday. Officials warned those visiting areas that were still open about the dangers of hazardous air quality due to the smoke.
A large area of northern California was under extreme fire danger warning on Monday, as dry offshore winds could increase the fire risk.
The warning did not extend to Southern California, but forecasters said there would be weaker Santa Ana winds and significant warming – increasing the risk of wildfires.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, more than 7,000 wildfires have damaged or destroyed more than 3,000 homes and other buildings in California this year and burned more than 3,000 square miles of land.