The General Sherman is the largest tree in the world in terms of volume. It is situated in the Giant Forest sequoia grove at the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada. The tree is about 2,200 years old and its height is 275 feet, which is taller than the leaning tower of Pisa. The diameter of the tree is 36 feet at the base.
The giant sequoia tree is currently threatened by two wildfires in California – the Colony Fire and Paradise. Though sequoia trees are often fire resistant, increased intensity of wildfires can destroy them. The Castle fire, which started in August 2020, destroyed 9.530 acres of giant sequoia groves.