While it has closed some backcountry hiking, the fire was not threatening the Yosemite Valley, home to iconic sights such as the Half Dome and Nike Air Max 90 Essential Grey Black Red
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Despite ash falling like snowflakes on the reservoir and a thick haze of smoke limiting visibility to 100 feet, the quality of the water piped to the city 150 miles away is still good, say officials with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Inaccessible terrain, strong winds and bone dry conditions have hampered firefighters' efforts to contain the Rim Fire, which began Aug. 17 and has consumed nearly 225 square miles. Officials estimate containment at just 7 percent.
The blaze sweeping across steep, rugged river canyons has rapidly expanded, thanks in part to extremely dry conditions caused by a lack of snow and rainfall this year. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire, which began days before lightning storms swept through the region and sparked other, smaller blazes.
The city's hydroelectric power generated by the system has been interrupted by the fire, forcing the utility to spend $600,000 buying power on the open market.
Stanislaus National Forest spokesman Jerry Snyder said containment of the Rim Fire was at 15 percent on Monday morning, up from 7 percent the previous night.
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) Officials say fire crews made progress overnight against a large wildfire threatening San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite Air Max 90 Ultra Moire Black White
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Hundreds of firefighters were digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes, but strong winds were threatening to push the blaze closer to Tuolumne City and nearby communities.
About 4,500 structures and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, remain under threat.
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"This fire has continued to pose Nike Air Max Boots 2013 every challenge that there can be on a fire.," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "It's a very difficult firefight."
It continues burning in the remote wilderness area of Yosemite and is edging closer to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of San Francisco's famously pure drinking water, park spokesman Tom Medema said. San Francisco gets 85 percent of its water from Hetch Hetchy as well as power for municipal buildings, the international airport and San Francisco General Hospital. The threat to the city's utilities prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for San Francisco.
California history loomed over San Francisco's water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias on Monday as it crackled through tinder dry forest.
El Capitan rock formations and Bridalveil and Yosemite falls. Most of the park remained open to visitors.
On Sunday, crews worked furiously to hold a line near Ponderosa Hills and Twain Hart, miles ahead of the blaze. But officials warned that the fire was so hot it could send sparks more than a mile and a half out that could start new hot spots.
Snyder said crews are being helped by the fire's movement into less forested areas and cooler temperatures caused at least in part by the shadow cast by the large plume of smoke from the blaze.
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