This is what is at stake in the Rim fire in Yosemite National Park in California. This terrible fire is destroying an area the size of Chicago, forests that will take decades to recover. There are other areas in Yosemite that were burned in wildfires, and are slowly recovering. But, it takes years. The Sequoias are the stars of the forest, but all the trees are beautiful and it is a wonderful experience to walk among the towering forests of this magnificent region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Sequoia groves on the Northwest side of the Park are threatened by this inferno, and so my prayers go out to the firefighters as they war against this fiery adversary.