Yosemite National Park is on the verge of being completely desecrated as the wildfires burning for nearly a week, lap the edges of California's prime tourist attraction and make their way in. The massive wildfire which covers nearly 200 square miles, has now crossed into perhaps our nation's most beautiful national treasure, Yosemite. Firefighters have reportedly "barely begun" to contain it, according to CBS News on Saturday, Aug. 24.
"It's like 'Backdraft' the movie", said resident David Husid. "It sucks the air out, and all of the sudden you get a wind coming from nowhere, and it's not windy up here, and it's just the fire that's pulling all the oxygen, so it can breathe".
The plume of smoke from the fire is so huge that it creates its own weather patterns inside, which makes it even harder for crews to predict where the fire will burn next.
The wildfire has grown to approximately 200 square miles, threatening the entire San Francisco power grid, according to NBC News.
The Yosemite Valley, which is the most frequently visited part of the park, remains open and clear of smoke. However, the situation was dire enough for the governor to declare a State of Emergency for San Francisco.
The city's proximity to the wildfire, as well as its dependence on utility transmissions, prompted the Governor's warning.