After California wildfire, thousands of trees to be removed

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In this Oct. 15, 2021, file photo a giant sequoia, right, shows blackened scarring from the forest fire, seen during a media tour of Redwood Canyon in Kings Canyon National Park. The California highway connecting visitors to the world’s two largest sequoia trees remains closed so crews can remove as many as 10,000 trees weakened by wildfires, drought, disease or age. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP, File)
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of California wildfires, upward of 10,000 trees weakened by fires, drought, disease or age must be removed, work that will keep a nearby highway closed to visitors who seek the world’s two largest sequoia trees. The hazard trees could potentially fall onto people and cars on the section of State Route 180 known as Generals Highway, or they could create barriers for emergency and fire response, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks said Friday, Oct. 22. The highway is closed due to the KNP Complex blaze, which was 60% contained after burning 138 square miles (357 square kilometers) of forest and will remain blocked off to visitors after the fire is out while saw crews cut down trees and trim branches. Cooler weather has helped slow the
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