California heat builds as crews protect Yosemite sequoias

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A heat wave is developing in much of California but winds are light Monday as firefighters battle a wildfire that poses a threat to a famous grove of giant sequoias and a small community in Yosemite National Park. The Washburn Fire has scorched about 3.6 square miles, an increase of about 300 acres overnight. The fire is a threat to more than 500 mature sequoias in the park’s Mariposa Grove. The grove is being protected by a sprinkler system and officials say that fortunately it has a long history of prescribed burning to reduce vegetation that can fuel flames.

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