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YOSEMITE TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT SEQUOIAS FROM FIRE
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) -- As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.
The iconic trees can resist fire, but dry conditions and heavy brush are forcing park officials to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves. About three dozen of the giant trees are affected.
"All of the plants and trees in Yosemite are important, but the giant sequoias are incredibly important both for what they are and as symbols of the National Park System," said spokesman Scott Gediman.
The trees grow naturally only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.
The Tuolumne and Merced groves in are in the north end of the park near Crane Flat. While the Rim Fire is still some distance away, park employees and trail crews are not taking any chances.
"We're not looking at them as any kind of immediate threat, but we're taking precautions," Gediman said.
More than 5,500 homes are threatened and four were destroyed. Voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been ordered.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON MEETS POST-9/11 AMERICA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The March on Washington is meeting post-9/11 America.
A half century ago, 250,000 people crowded the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stood shoulder to shoulder down the National Mall to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The tens of thousands of people arriving Saturday for an anniversary of that march are finding a very different scene.
Metal barriers keep people away from the reflecting pool. Only a small group of attendees is allowed near the memorial. Everyone else has been pushed back and is watching and listening to the speeches on big-screen televisions. Police are stationed atop the Lincoln Memorial. There's a media area and VIP seating.
The anniversary event has adopted a grab-bag of causes including global warming, gay rights and organized labor.
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