Hundreds of firefighters are battling the Windy Fire to protect several groves of giant sequoias in Johnsondale, California, Thursday, September 23. In order to protect the giant sequoia trees firefighters are setting up small fires close to the giant sequoias and their relatives, the California redwoods. The huge trees are adapted to fires and typically endure lots of fires in their lifetime, the heat from which helps their cones to open, allowing the seeds to disperse.
A number of separate fires were converging on the California woodland that is home to the huge trees.
Longer, hotter and more aggressive fires can damage these trees, sometimes irreparably, and California has recently seen multiple severe fire seasons in a row. (AFP)