US crews battle huge wildfire in Yosemite area
TUOLUMNE CITY, California (AP) - A huge wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California continued to threaten San Francisco's water supply on Monday, while officials warned that the blaze was so hot that it could send sparks into new, untouched areas.
Stanislaus National Forest spokesman Jerry Snyder said containment of the fire was at 15 per cent on Monday morning, up from 7 per cent the previous night. He said crews were helped by cooler temperatures caused at least in part by the shadow cast by the large plume of smoke.
The fire continued to grow, however, and was about 606 sq km in size.
The fire, burning near one of the country's most popular national parks, edged closer to the source of San Francisco's drinking water and to some of the giant sequoia trees that are among the largest and oldest living things on earth. They can resist fire but were being sprinkled for protection.