State of Emergency for San Francisco

Just last week I wrote about California and Climate Change. In that post it was noted that in California, “Wildfires: The number of acres burned by wildfires has been increasing since 1950. The size, severity, duration and frequency of wildfires are greatly influenced by climate. The three largest fire years on record in California occurred in the last decade, and annual acreage burned since 2000 is almost twice that for the 1950-2000 period”.

 Since that post the Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency for the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco is not on fire. In fact the fire that is threatening the City is 150 miles away. It’s called the Rim Fire and it has spread to Yosemite National Park and has burned almost 200 square miles. A NPR article states, “Bob Hensley, reporting for NPR, says that in issuing the state of emergency for the city of San Francisco and San Francisco County late Friday, Brown indicated the wildfire has damaged the electrical infrastructure that provides power to the Bay Area 150 miles to the west.

Brown said Bay Area utility officials have had to shut down transmission lines and that so far, the city has been able to keep the power on, even though further disruptions could change that.

He said the city’s water supply could also be affected by the fire.

The Associated Press says San Francisco gets 85 percent of its water from the Yosemite-area Hetch Hetchy reservoir that is about 4 miles from the fire.”

Apparently the danger to the water supply is because two of three power stations have been shutdown.

So, 150 miles to the west you have threatened power outages and 150 miles to the north you have this.




“Hazy smoke from a wildfire more than 150 miles away near Yosemite National Park descended Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, on Reno and the downtown casino district. Washoe County Health District officials issued an air quality alert because the Air Quality Index worsened to the unhealthy zone for sensitive groups, including the elderly and young children. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)”

Update to this post is here

Another update as of Sunday evening is titled, ” Yosemite fire is ‘highest priority’ in nation” is in USA Today.



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