California’s oldest state park and home to some of the most celebrated ancient coast redwood trees appears to be no more.
"We are devastated to report that Big Basin State Park, as we have known it, loved it, and cherished it for generations, is gone," Sempervirens Fund, an organization dedicated to redwoods protection, wrote in post to their website Thursday afternoon.
The CZU Lightning Fire, a combination of several fires burning over the last several days in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, has "damaged the park’s headquarters, historic core and campgrounds," according to a news release from the California Department Parks and Recreation.
Big Basin was California’s very first state park, acquired by the state in 1902.
While the park features over 80 miles of trails and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, its true stars are the 250-foot-tall ancient coast redwood trees. They’re estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,800 years old and are thought to predate the Roman Empire.