Thick bark enables giant sequoia to withstand lower-severity ground fires. Photo by Kristen Shive

The Impacts of California Wildfires on Redwoods

Redwood forests are fire adapted and have been thriving, fire-resilient ecosystems for millions of years. Nonetheless, with forests as vulnerable and strained as they are today by climate change and 170 years of commercial harvesting, that characteristic resilience is facing an unprecedented test.

For the latest fire conditions and evacuations, please visit Even if you do not live in an area that’s immediately affected by the wildfires, power outages and poor air quality are still a problem. For the latest information about the air quality in your area and the actions you should take, visit We are monitoring fire-related Redwood Parks closures in this list.

Below is a collection of blog posts and updates about wildfires and their impacts on redwood forest management. 

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