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By Dan Brekke The latest (8 a.m. Thursday): Fire officials say crews are making steady progress against the Rim Fire on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park. They say a California Air National Guard drone is playing a key role in helping firefighters respond to new outbreaks around the edge of the giant blaze, […]
As KQED Science’s Craig Miller reported the other day, “Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. And when the fire is more than 200 square miles and growing like California’s Rim Fire, there’s a lot of it. And in that smoke is quite the witch’s brew of air pollutants.” An air quality alert is in effect until […]
By Andrew Stelzer San Jose is poised to become the largest city in the country to ban polystyrene, better known as Styrofoam, food containers, which often end up in landfills unable to be recycled. The City Council will be voting Tuesday afternoon on the ban, which would take effect on Jan. 1 for national food […]
Update 3:10 p.m. SF not “scrambling” to relocate water supply, says SFPUC We’ve seen some headlines out there about the Rim Fire threatening San Francisco’s water supply as it moves closer to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. AP wrote that water officials “were scrambling to fill area reservoirs with water from Hetch Hetchy before ash taints […]
The Rim Fire has been burning in Tuolomne County since Aug. 17 and has scorched nearly 150,000 acres. Incredible images from those at the scene give a glimpse into the magnitude of the blaze. As of Monday morning, the fire was 15 percent contained.
Update Wednesday Aug. 28: Latest air quality and smoke information here. Update Monday, Aug. 26: From the local website MyMotherLode: The Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District has extended the Air Quality Alert for Tuolumne County due to smoke impacts from the Rim Fire. The Air Quality Alert is now in effect until 12 PM on […]
Latest post: Blaze Slows But Remains Extremely Dangerous Details, as of 10:30 p.m. PDT Friday: The fire that’s been burning all week just west of Yosemite took another giant leap in size Friday, with U.S. Forest Service and CalFire reporting the blaze, named the Rim Fire, has now covered more than 125,000 acres (more below on […]
Lightning was spotted across the Bay Area on Aug. 19 in an unusual summer thunderstorm. Above, a view of lightning strikes beyond San Bruno Mountain from Potrero Hill in San Francisco. (Steve Byrne/Steve Byrne Photography) The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge as seen on Aug. 20. The eastbound deck (center) is exposed, […]