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Aftermath of fires in southern Sierra sequoia groves is heart-wrenching to longtime agency employees

It looked like a bomb had gone off in the vast stand of giant sequoias on a mountain ridge in the southern Sierra.

Charred trees rose — some stripped of leaves and eerily skeletal — in Kings Canyon National Park’s Redwood Mountain Grove. Ash hung in the air and clawed at visitors’ throats on a chilly afternoon in November.

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