Controlled fire in Tulare County preserves giant sequoias

Sequoia forest officials are intentionally burning hundreds of acres of land above Badger to protect giant sequoia groves and help remove thousands of dead and fallen trees from the landscape.

The Big Stump Redwood Mountain Fuels Restoration Project began Monday and caused some Tulare County residents to express alarm on social media, with large mountain flames visible from as far as Woodlake and Exeter.

Rangers said residents have nothing to fear, however.

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More than 80 firefighters from the Forest Service and Cal Fire are overseeing the controlled burn, which spans 750 acres across the Hume Lake Ranger District, including Big Stump and Redwood Mountain Giant Sequoia Groves. The project will run through the end of February and has been in the works since 2019.

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