The firefighters that are battling the Yosemite wildfire are making progress. About 3,700 firefighters are doing their best to keep the fire from the reservoir that is the main source of San Francisco's drinking water. According to an August 26 report by Fox News, containment numbers are up despite the fact that the Yosemite wildfire continues to grow.
This is the biggest wildfire on record for California's Sierra Nevada. It has been raging for 10 days, since August 27. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Yosemite wildfire is 20 percent contained.
The firefighters are confident they will be able to protect the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. They do not believe that there will be power or water disruptions, despite all the raining ash in the area.
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir provides water to 2.6 million people in the San Francisco Bay area. That area is 150 miles away from the reservoir and the Yosemite wildfire. Utility officials said they have a six-month supply of water in other reservoirs that are closer to the Bay area.
Lee Bentley, from the U.S. Forest Service stated they are beginning to get a “bit of a handle” on the Yosemite wildfire.
The Yosemite wildfire is approaching Tuolomne City. It is now about five miles away. Two large firebreaks have been created to try and stop the fire. It is believed that Tuolomne City is ready, should the Yosemite wildfire get closer.