California wildfire threatens the oldest and tallest juniper tree in the US

The Donnell Fire had already scorched more than 29,000 acres and was only 26% contained as it tore toward the oldest juniper tree in the United States.

The blaze, burning in the Stanislaus National Forest in California’s Sierra Nevada, was just half a mile away over the weekend and threatening to engulf the landmark tree — believed to be at least 2,000 years old.

But on Tuesday the US Forest Service breathed a sign of relief as firefighters said they had managed to stop the blaze...

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