(8 Jul 2022)

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Yosemite National Park, California - 7 July 2022

1. Various, stills of firefighters battling wildfire among grove of giant sequoia trees.

HEADLINE: Wildfire threatens Yosemite's famed giant sequoias

ANNOTATION: Part of Yosemite National Park has been closed as a wildfire rages near a grove of California's famed giant sequoia trees.

ANNOTATION:  Although sequoias in the Mariposa Grove are threatened by the flames, there have been no reports of severe damage to the trees.

STORYLINE:

Officials say part of Yosemite National Park has been closed as a wildfire rages near a grove of California's famed giant sequoia trees.

The fire quintupled in size from Thursday night to Friday and forced park officials to close Mariposa Grove.

It has the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and features more than 500 mature giant sequoias.

The rest of the park is open. Firefighters are trying to contain the blaze from the ground and the air.

Although sequoias are threatened by the flames, there have been no reports of severe damage to the grove's giant named sequoias.

Some park visitors had to be evacuated Thursday.

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