Gov. Brown to Visit Rim Fire

Aug 26, 2013 12:05 PM

(UPDATE) 10:18 a.m.-TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco water authorities are scrambling to fill area reservoirs with water from their source in the Sierra Nevada before ash from a wildfire near Yosemite National Park taints supplies.
Ash from the 234-square-mile fire has been falling on the city's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite, but so far hasn't sunk far enough into the lake to reach intake pumps.
General Manager Harlan Kelly Jr. of the city's Public Utilities Commission said Monday the city has a six-month supply on hand. If ash eventually causes turbidity, the city will begin filtering supplies. He was unsure of the cost.
The agency also is checking 12 miles of hydroelectric transmission lines that supply city facilities. An emergency declaration has allowed the city to spend $600,000 for power on the open market.

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is planning a visit to the site of a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park.
Brown's office says he will join state and federal fire and emergency officials Monday at the Rim Fire.
The governor will get a briefing on the status of the fire and efforts to contain it and meet with first responders at a base camp.
The fire has grown to 234 square miles and is about 15 percent contained. It is burning within a mile of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which prompted Brown to declare a state of emergency for San Francisco over the weekend.
The city gets 85 percent of its water from the reservoir as well as power for municipal buildings and the international airport.


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