A wildfire threatening the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park continued to grow out of control Monday, spreading to more than 2,300 acres despite the efforts of more than 500 firefighters. However, the fire was said to be moving away from the iconic grove of trees.
Firefighters had set up sprinklers to wet down the sequoia grove, which counts more than 500 mature sequoia trees. These massive trees can grow to be 300 feet high, 35 feet in diameter, and 100 feet in circumference. One of the grove’s largest trees, the Grizzly Giant, is 209 feet tall and an estimated 2,995 years old.