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Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

Published on Jul 31, 2014 11:22 AM
Vehicles are escorted from Yosemite National Park along Highway 120 at the park's entrance in Big Oak Flat, California on July 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A fire raging in California's Yosemite National Park advanced on Wednesday, threatening a grove of famous giant sequoia trees.

The blaze, which began on Saturday, has scorched some 1,234ha of the popular tourist spot and is about one-third contained, a spokeswoman for the Yosemite Fire Information call center told AFP.

Some 830 firefighters and seven helicopters have been mobilised but the inferno is still moving toward the north-west, encroaching on Merced Grove - home to some of the park's cherished giant sequoias.

Towering sequoias, a type of redwood coniferous tree, include some of the largest trees in the world.

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