Huge fires dangerously close to Yosemite National Park could keep burning for months. The Rim Fire is now so big, it can be seen from space.
Drinking water supplies for San Francisco are also threatened as ash rains down over the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and power plants in the fire’s path were also shut down.
The Rim Fire doubled in size just last week and has now burned more than 225 square miles (nearly 60,000 hectares) of forest.
The Chief of Fire Operations for the federal government, Tom Boatner commented last month that the American West is seeing “a period of climate in terms of temperature and humidity and drought that is different from anything people have seen in our lifetimes.”
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