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Oregon Redwoods 'Severely Burned' By Chetco Bar Fire


One of the last groves of Oregon redwoods was “severely burned” by the Chetco Bar Fire, according to U.S. Forest officials. 

Oregon’s largest wildfire, burning in southwest Oregon, roared into the Wheeler Creek Natural Area and torched 25 percent of the area’s old-growth redwoods, U.S. Forest Service officials said last week. 

There are around four groves of naturally-occurring redwoods remaining on Oregon soil, located mostly in small patches just north of the California state line. 

The Wheeler Creek redwoods are located in a 600-acre preserve in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, about 20 miles southeast of Brookings near the more popular Oregon Redwoods Trail.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

Watch: How does the U.S. pay to fight wildfires?

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