A brush fire that sparked near the northbound 5 Freeway at Vista Del Lago in the Gorman area Friday afternoon has quickly grown to more than 100 acres, with a strong push to the north and the potential to now grow to 500 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped for protection against the possibility of intense flames.
The massive sequoias grow on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The General Sherman Tree stands 275 feet and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base, according to the U.S. National Park Service.
Both fires were projected to advance in the direction of Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias including the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree on Earth by volume.
“Scientists have been warning us for years that extreme weather is going to get more extreme,” President Joe Biden said after touring wildfires in northern California.
Firefighters Monday were making progress on a wildfire that jumped across the 5 Freeway and spread across dry hillsides. Two firefighters suffered burn injuries while battling the blaze, officials said.
The Route Fire has stretched to more than 140 acres.
Crews are responding to a brush fire in Santa Clarita near the 5 Freeway.
With above-normal temperatures forecast for much of California and the West, the manager of the state's power grid issued a Flex Alert that will once again take effect Thursday afternoon, calling for voluntary electricity conservation for the second day in a row.
A Flex Alert will apply to Californians for the second evening in a row.
The county fire is adding to its arsenal on battling brush fires.
One person was detained on suspicion of starting a brush that that blackened an estimated five acres in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa Monday morning, officials said.
Authorities are warning residents to watch for bears as they return to South Lake Tahoe homes from fire evacuations.
Firefighters on Wednesday contained a wildfire that had been burning in the Lytle Creek area, which has destroyed multiple homes and put farm animals in danger.
Better weather on Thursday helped the battle against a huge California wildfire threatening communities around Lake Tahoe, but fire commanders warned firefighters to be prepared for ongoing dangers.
Strike teams from Southern California helped the battle against a huge California wildfire threatening communities around Lake Tahoe.
The Chaparral Fire burning in Riverside and San Diego counties reached 1,427 acres as of Friday and was 85% contained.
Thick smoke from the Caldor Fire enveloped the city of South Lake Tahoe, which was all but deserted during a summer week usually bustling with tourists.
Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort on the east side of South Lake Tahoe is among those working with fire crews by using snow blowers to pump moisture onto the mountains, key infrastructure and into the air.
A long line of slow-moving traffic was seen near the town as residents and visitors heeded the call to flee.