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Yosemite Fire Sees Progress
Yosemite National Park’s massive fire consuming hundreds of trees per day is slowing in its growth. Fire crews are turning the tide against the raging flames and are gaining ground against the wildfire. The fire had been raining ash on the reservoir that is San Francisco’s main supply of drinking water. This is terrible for San Francisco residents, as their drinking water was famously known for its purity.
Glen Stratton is an operations chief of the fire suppression team, according to Fox News. He commented that although the fire continues to grow, it is being contained and there is a feeling of optimism as the fire is being controlled more so than it was.
The operating chief said that when the flames come close to the edge of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which is known for its purity, the fire suppression crews are confident they can protect the infrastructure there. They expect no power or water disruptions resulting from the constant and steady ash that is raining from the sky.
A total of 3700 firefighters were engaged with the 300 foot wall of flame, which holds the record for being the largest wildfire in Sierra Nevada, California. The ash that has begun to rain down near the reservoir has not reached the intake valves of the reservoir, which would release water to drink down towards the cities. Officials have stated that the ash is non-toxic and that filtration is a possible future option. As of now the fire is several miles away from the reservoir, and “firefighters are working to protect hydroelectric transmission lines and other utility facilities.”
San Francisco is readying for the possibility of emergency and is currently attaining power from other sources to run its municipal buildings and its City Hall. The last time a fire has taken place at this north most section of the Yosemite was 17 years ago.