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Ancient Sequoia Tree Survives Fire, Wind

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Ancient Sequoia Tree Survives Fire, Wind

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It turns out that reports of the death of a huge sequoia tree in California — famous for being the second-largest tree in the world — were exaggerated. Though a storm took off the top of the tree, it has sprouted new branches.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

A sequoia in California, famous for being the second largest tree in the world, was thought to be near death. Measuring a 100 feet around and having lived for 2,900 years, it was badly damaged by a fire in 2003, then a storm blew off its entire top half. So no one was more surprised and delighted than park officials when the big three sprouted new branches. It's alive - and they say it now has hundreds of years ahead of it.

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