California Governor Jerry Brown declared
a state of emergency for San Francisco late Friday after power
lines providing electricity to the city were threatened by a
wildfire raging at the edge of Yosemite National Park.
The fire has damaged the electrical infrastructure serving
the city, and forced the San Francisco Public Utilities
Commission to shut down power lines, the governor said in his
The so-called Rim Fire, which started on Saturday in the
Stanislaus National Forest, had blackened 11,000 acres at the northeastern corner of Yosemite, which is about
200 miles from San Francisco, as of Friday afternoon
after exploding in size overnight, a park spokeswoman said.