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Historic redwoods survive wildfire at Big Basin Redwoods State Park in California

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An old-growth redwood tree named "Father of the Forest" is still standing Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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A fallen old-growth redwood tree falls over a road leading up park headquarters Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif.
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The fire-ravaged park headquarters building is seen after the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire passed through Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif.
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An old-growth redwood tree named "Mother of the Forest" is still standing in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif., Monday, Aug. 24. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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Independent journalist Eric Ananmalay crosses under a fallen tree Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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A fallen redwood tree continues to burn Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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A redwood forest smolders Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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A fallen redwood tree continues to burn Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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Fire burns in the hollow of an old-growth redwood tree in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif., Monday, Aug. 24. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire tore through the park but most of the redwoods, some as old as 2,000 years, were still standing.
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A wildfire-damaged sign welcomes visitors Monday, Aug. 24, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif.
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Redwood trees catch fire as the CZU Lightning Complex Fire advances Sunday, Aug. 23, in Boulder Creek, Calif.
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A forest road is littered with debris and trees are burned after the CZU Lightning Complex Fire went through Sunday, Aug. 23, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif.

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Redwoods, some 2,000 years old, survive wildfire at California’s oldest state park