SALEM, Ore. — One of the last groves of Oregon redwoods was burned by the large wildfire that struck the Wheeler Creek Natural Area near Brookings.
The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/Xhm1mp ) there are only a few groves of naturally occurring redwoods remaining within Oregon, 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.
The U.S. Forest Service said last week that the wildfire torched 25 percent of the area’s old-growth redwoods. The fire burned only lightly through the understory of the other 75 percent of the natural area.
Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com