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California’s Iconic Giant Redwood Trees Burn In Massive, Out Of Control Wildfire; 50,000 Acres Blackened, 0% Containment – Deadline

An ancient stand of the world’s tallest trees has fallen victim to California’s raging wildfires. The CZU and SCU complex fires near Santa Cruz have ravaged Big Basin State Park. Big Basin is California’s oldest state park and home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco.

Some of the giant redwoods there are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 1,800 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire.

More recently, Big Basin’s ancient trees provided the setting of a forest walk that James Stewart and Kim Novak take in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Ethan Barron, a business/tech reporter at the Mercury News in San Jose, CA, posted photos to his Twitter account today showing the devistation the fire has caused among the majestic trees.

Fire climbing up redwood bark near Big Basin park

EthanBaron (@ethanbaron) August 21, 2020

Some redwoods in Big Basin Redwoods State Park we’re burning in their hearts and seemed doomed to fall

EthanBaron (@ethanbaron) August 21, 2020

Another burning heart at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

EthanBaron (@ethanbaron) August 21, 2020

The CZU and SCU complex fires have blackened 229,000 acres thus far, making it the 7th largest fire in the state’s history. Despite over 1,000 fire personnel working for the past 3 days, the blazes remain zero percent contained.

Redwood trees are fire-adapted, so the fact that they have burnt does not mean the end of them. Big Basin, in particular, has benefited from the longest, continuous program of prescribed burning anywhere in the state since the purposeful burning done by indigenous people. In 1904, Big Basin was ablaze and, at the time, the New York Times said the forest “seems doomed for destruction.” But Big Basin recovered.

In fact, anything that’s been around this state for centuries has probably survived its share of wildfires. But the twin threats of human encroachment and climate change are profound added stressors. Only four percent of the state’s original redwood stands remain.

Find out more about the trees’ history in the video below.

Earlier today, California Governor Gavin Newsom asked the President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster in his state.

“We have a federal request in…a bipartisan request to get a major disaster declaration here in the state of California.”

Newsom that declaration would, of course provide more funds to the state, but also allow it to be more “flexible” in its wildfire response.

In an update on Friday morning, Cal Fire said it expected to see “significant fire growth.”

“Extreme fire behavior with short and long range spotting are continuing to challenge firefighting efforts,” said the agency. “Fires continue to make runs in multiple directions and impacting multiple communities.”

⚠️Dry t-storms will be possible again Sun – Tue. Any t-storms that occur will bring the potential for new fire starts, so a Fire Weather Watch has been issued. Remember, always have an emergency plan during fire season in case a fire starts near you. #CAwx

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 21, 2020

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Iconic Prince ‘Blue Angel’ guitar, that was once considered lost, is sold for over $500,000 – CNN

(CNN)Prince’s “Blue Angel” Cloud 2 guitar that the late singer played during some of his most iconic moments was sold at auction for $563,500.

The 1984 electric guitar was used by the famous singer on his tours for “Purple Rain” and “Diamonds and Pearls.” Prince also played it during Saturday Night Live’s “15th Anniversary Special,” Julien’s Auctions confirmed in a news release.
“The guitar is considered one of the most historically important guitars played by Prince that has ever come up for auction,” Julien’s Auctions said.
The instrument was auctioned Friday at the auction house’s Music Icons event.
The custom-made guitar was considered lost until the auction house was contacted by John Woodland, who performs conservation work on Prince’s guitars. After closer examination, it was confirmed that it was Prince’s beloved guitar Blue Angel, according to the news release.
This isn’t the first Cloud guitar of Prince’s to be auctioned. Julien’s Auctions set a world record with the price of his teal Cloud guitar in November 2017, which sold for $700,000 and Prince’s custom made yellow Cloud guitar which sold for $225,000 in May 2018.

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