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Crews wrap world’s biggest tree in aluminium to protect it from California wildfires

The Sun

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CREWS wrap the world’s biggest tree in blaze- resistant aluminium to protect it from wildfires.

The 275ft (84m) General Sherman is the largest by volume and about 2,500 years old.

Fires tearing through the Sequoia National Park in California have got to within a mile of the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 giant sequoias.

Forecasters expect cooler weather, low winds but little rain this weekend.

The fire service’s Rebecca Paterson said: “We anticipate the fires will continue to grow, hopefully not too fast.”

Sequoias are adapted to fires as they release seeds from their cones into the burnt clearings for new trees.

But drought, tied to climate change, is making blazes so fierce they overwhelm the trees.

California's Caldor fire approaches more heavily populated areas

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