Governor Declares State Of Emergency For San Francisco Because Of Rim Fire

Credit: CBS13

Credit: CBS13

TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for San Francisco for a fire that’s burning more than 150 miles away from the city.

The concern from the 125,000-acre Rim Fire burning in Tuolumne County is twofold, affecting the electrical and water supplies.

There are transmission lines owned by the city of San Francisco in the area of the fire that could be damaged, affecting the city’s electrical supply. Some of those lines have been shut down by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Also at risk is the Hetch Hetchy reservoir near Yosemite National Park. The reservoir acts as a water supply for the city. The concern is that ash from the fire could pollute the reservoir.

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