California: Concerns that the largest tree in the world will be destroyed by fire which has spread through park

Firemen in California are racing against time to try and save the oldest trees in the world before they are enveloped by flames at Sequoia park.

There is the fear that within a few more hours, the flames can reach the largest tree in the world, which is called General Sherman.  It is 83 metes long and is calculated to be around 2,200 years old.

The firemen are wrapping foil as best as they can around the largest trees in this park, with the hope that they can withstand the fire which is approaching them, and which has been burning in this area for the last week.

A total of 50 firemen, helicopters and planes used to put out fires have been assigned to this operation with the hope that they can limit the damage caused by the wildfires.