So far, the legendary trees have been spared, thanks to firefighters who have been battling the blaze 24/7.
"It's getting better, firefighter Luis Magana told The Sacramento Bee. He added that on Friday, "it was raining down ash," but that has turned into more of a light ash drizzle now.
Underbrush was cleared in a grove near the trees, and prescribed burns have kept the fire from overrunning the break around General Grant Grove, a section of the greater Kings Canyon National Park where the historic trees are.
The General Grant Tree is over 3000 years old, and is known as the national Christmas Tree of the U.S. The region is also home to the fabled Chicago Stump, which is what's left of the 95-foot-wide General Noble Tree that was cut down in 1892 to create an exhibit for the following year. It was one of the largest trees to have ever been cut down.
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Paul Garnier, a spokesman for the Rough Fire's incident management team, told the Los Angeles Times that a bark and beetle infestation previously killed multiple pine trees in the area, adding fuel to the already drought-ravaged landscape.
Garnier said that crews hand-cut lines around the historic trees - even the Chicago Stump - and ran designated hose lines to them. The trees, surrounded by flames, were then blanketed with an aboveground sprinkler system.
Wildfires are a part of a healthy ecosystem, he said, and can help some trees germinate.
"It really is more that man has come into this wild space so we have to be involved and make sure people and property are protected," he added.
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Two other fires, the Valley Fire and Butte Fire, are of particular threat to homeowners in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, and in "California's Gold Country" southeast of Sacramento.
According to the Weather Channel, the Valley Fire killed one person over the weekend, and destroyed hundreds of structures. The Butte Fire is threatening around 6400 structures, and has already burned 65,000 acres.
California is in its fourth year of record-breaking drought, but a developing El Nino is increasing the likelihood of a wet California winter. Rain might come to the state this Wednesday, with firefighters, homeowners and officials all hoping for some help from nature in ending the blazes.