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Pretty much anyone who has had the privilege of standing next to one of the biggest, oldest giant sequoia trees understands the rush of awe. Here is a tree so burly, cars could — and once did — drive through a tunnel carved out of the massive trunk. (Thankfully, we don’t do that anymore.) But even more extraordinary is knowing that this organism was alive here in California long before ...

LOS ANGELES — As many as 3,600 large giant sequoias perished in the flames of twin wildfires that ignited during a lightning storm in mid-September and rampaged through 27 groves of the behemoths in the southern Sierra Nevada, officials said during a media briefing Friday. More than two dozen groves of the towering trees were scorched as the KNP Complex and Windy fires exploded through parched ...