Yosemite Fire Threatens Important Reservoir

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(GROVELAND, Calif.) — The large fire just outside of Yosemite National Park has consumed nearly 225 square miles of forest and is just 15 percent contained.

Winds have pushed the flames closer to a very important reservoir over the last two days. Teams within the park are working to protect the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which provides 85 percent of San Francisco’s water.

On Monday morning containment figures were bumped up to 15 percent from seven percent.

The governor of California declared a state of emergency on Sunday and told public utility crews to be prepared to monitor the water quality. In Reno, Nev., the air has reportedly been clear for the first time in three days.

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  1. I WOULDN’T WANT TO WISH IT UPON ANYONE ELSE, BUT I ASK FOR WIND AND RAIN, JUST TO HAVE A BREAK FROM THE SMOKE. I LIVE IN FALLON NV AND WORK IN RENO (234 driving miles away from Yosemite). THE SMOKE IS SO THICK AT TIMES THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY STARE AT IT!( recommend) IT APPEARS TO EMIT A HOT ORANGE RED GLOW!

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