Sequoia National Park in California was shut down as wildfires threatened its namesake gigantic trees, Tuesday, September 14.
The park was threatened by two forest fires burning in steep and dangerous terrain in the Sierra Nevada.
Sequoia headquarters personnel were evacuated as flames reached about 1.6 kilometers from the grove.
The Colony and Paradise fires were ignited by lightning last week and their combined sizes grew to more than 12 square kilometers. (AP)