The Yosemite wildfire, or so-called Rim fire, has prompted California governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the city and county of San Francisco as the wildfire has grown into one of the fastest-moving wildfires in the drought-parched US west. “The Rim fire continued to spread into Yosemite National Park on Saturday, burning more than 125,000 acres and threatening the power supply of San Francisco,” reported the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
The Yosemite fire, or Rim Fire, which started last week in the Stanislaus national forest, is moving toward communities of Groveland, Pine Mountain Lake and Buck Meadows. According to a recent update by the U.S. Forest Service, the Rim fire is only 5% contained, destroyed nine structures, and is threatening 4,500 more.
Since the wildfire is threatening the power lines that provide electricity to San Francisco, California Governor Jerry Brown has extended a state of emergency to include the city and county of San Francisco.
According to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Aug. 23, state of emergency declaration, “the wildfires that started in Tuolumne County have caused damage to electrical infrastructure serving the City and County of San Francisco, and now threaten damage to property, equipment, and resources of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.”
The state of emergency declaration also notes that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has already been forced to shut down transmission lines because of the Yosemite, or Rim fire. The city and county of San Francisco could face further damage to water and electrical assets, which could result in the interruption of those services.
The cause of the Yosemite fire, or Rim fire, is still under investigation.