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Weather slows wildfire near Sequoia National Park's giant trees

Western Wildfires
Posted at 1:13 PM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 16:13:38-04

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Cooler weather is helping crews trying to keep California wildfires away from a threatened grove of gigantic ancient sequoias, including the world’s largest tree.

Unlike raging wildfires that have burned vast areas of the drought-stricken U.S. West this summer, the blazes in Sequoia National Park aren't explosive. The flames on Friday were about a mile from the famous Giant Forest, a grove of some 2,000 sequoias.

Lower temperatures and a layer of smoke blanketing the area have been suppressing the flames.

Elsewhere in the fire-scarred West, a storm is heading into Washington state and Oregon, and rain is expected to drop in parts of Northern California.