3,500-year-old tree burns in Florida

Senator tree

"The Senator" tree, May, 2006. Photo by Ashley Schmidt

One of the world’s oldest cypress trees, estimated to be 3,500 years old, burned Monday in a wildfire in Seminole County, Florida. A spokesperson for Seminole County Fire Rescue said investigators determined that a brush fire started nearby and spread to the tree which was known as “The Senator”. The 165-foot-tall tree lost its top in a hurricane in the mid -1920’s, leaving the tree at 118 feet. Another portion of the top and several branches broke off during the fire, forcing firefighters to back off. Soon after that the tree collapsed, leaving about 20 to 25 feet remaining.

A video report can be found HERE.

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+

2 thoughts on “3,500-year-old tree burns in Florida

    • Larry, I’ve been contemplating an article about the passing of former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow…. waiting for the dust to settle. For those that don’t know, he was very, very hands-on and proactive in fire suppression and fire management. I had a number of direct encounters with him, resulting in a variety of outcomes.

      In regards to the link to the office pool about the number of fires and air tanker crashes, we covered that here and here:

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