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Tree Found Smoldering In Sequoia National Park Likely Burning Since Last Summer’s Castle Fire

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Sequoia National Park

The tree was discovered by scientists and fire crews examining the effects of the Castle Fire, which started from a lightning strike last August.

It was located in an area of Sequoia National Park that burned along with more than 270 square miles of the surrounding forest in the Sierra Nevada. That fire took nearly five months to fully contain.

The National Park Service said Wednesday morning that their finding shows just how dry the park is, and that there could be more similar discoveries in the coming months.

Drought conditions are affecting the entire state, and much of the Sierra is seeing severe to extreme levels of intensity. There have already been nearly 1,800 fire incidents this year, although only one has burned over a thousand acres.