Yosemite Fire is ‘Highest Priority’ Blaze in U.S.


The Rim Fire, raging through Yosemite National Park, is “the highest priority fire in the country right now because of its location, because Yosemite National Park is at risk. It’s not just a national treasure, it’s a world treasure,” says Dick Fleishman of the U.S. Forest Service.

In addition to Yosemite itself, the threat the Rim Fire poses to water and electricity resources in the Bay Area has led California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for San Francisco. (USA Today)

Use our resources to better understand the Rim Fire and how it may impact San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area.

Discussion Ideas

  • Officials say the concerns about threats to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are “mostly about the power lines and water quality.” How do students think the Rim Fire threatens electricity and water for homes, hospitals, schools, and businesses in the Bay Area?
    • Electricity: It’s an economic concern. According to the article, San Francisco’s electricity supply is not at risk. If the hydroelectric facilities at Hetch Hetchy are damaged—two of three have already been shut down—the city will simply be forced to purchase electricity from the state’s electric grid. It has already spent $600,000 in supplemental power.
    • Water: San Francisco has agreements in place to get water from other reservoirs owned by neighboring counties. These are emergency agreements, however, and both San Francisco and the counties sharing their water may be forced to conserve.

2 thoughts on “Yosemite Fire is ‘Highest Priority’ Blaze in U.S.

  1. I think the fire in the Yosemite national park should be a top priority in California as of right now because it is threatening to the electrical and water resources connected to the bay. Another reason the Yosemite fire should be a #1 priority is because the Yosemite national park is a world’s treasure and we need to preserve it.

  2. once more a pertinent article is on the NGeo Blog … useful and student friendly … thank you!

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