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These Photos Show How The Oldest State Park In California Has Been Destroyed By Fire

Big Basin Park, which was founded in 1902, has been wiped out by the CZU wildfire.

Posted on August 21, 2020, at 5:40 p.m. ET

California is having a tough time with a heat wave, rolling blackouts, and wildfires (not to mention the pandemic) all converging in an unholy alliance. There are over 500 fires blazing across the state, with the Bay Area is hit especially hard.

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire is part of series of wildfires in Northern California that combined have burned more than 770,000 acres and blamed for five deaths. The CZU fire alone has burned 55,000 acres as of Friday and was 0% contained after being sparked by lightning on Aug. 17.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which was founded in 1902 and is the oldest park in California, has been hit particularly hard. Park structures and nearby houses have been destroyed, and some of the redwoods were damaged. Rangers have also had difficulty accessing parts of the park to assess other damage due to continued fire risk, Chris Spohrer, the local district superintendent for state parks, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Here's a look at some of the damage to the historic from the past few days.

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Firefighter Anthony Quiroz carries a hose as he defends a home during the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in Boulder Creek on Aug. 21, 2020.

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A forest burns as the CZU fire advances on Aug. 20, 2020.

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A tree explodes in flame northwest of Santa Cruz on Aug. 19, as the CZU fire rages.

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A property burns during the CZU fire Aug. 20.

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The bathrooms at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters are seen burned on Aug. 20.

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A tree called "The Statue of Responsibility" sustains some damage from the CZU fire.

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A burned sign that reads "Big Basin Redwoods State Park" is seen burned in the blaze.

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A redwood tree burns near Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters on Aug. 20.

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A firefighter hoses down hot spots caused by the CZU fire.

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A home burns as the CZU fire passes by in Ben Lomond.

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Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple home burned by the CZU fire in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California.

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A fire-damaged home is seen in Bonny Doon.

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A charred tricycle is left behind in a fire-ravaged home in Bonny Doon.

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Redwood trees sustain damage at the Blooms Creek Campground in Boulder Creek, California.

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Pay phones are seen burned and melted by the CZU fire at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters.

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A barricade notifying visitors that the parking lot is full sits outside of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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A fire continues to burn near some charred vehicles in side the park.

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Firefighters with Roseburg Engine 11 out of Eugene, Oregon, survey a property threatened by the CZU fire in Santa Cruz County.

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The remains of a house destroyed the CZU fire can be seen on Aug. 20 in Felton.

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A structure and car near the Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters can be seen burned in Boulder Creek.

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Burned trees line Highway 236 in Boulder Creek on Aug. 20.






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