The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Giant wildfire near Yosemite National Park 15 percent contained, BUT CONTINUES TO RAGE” (Web-site/URL: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/25/20169597-giant-wildfire-near-yosemite-national-park-15-percent-contained-but-continues-to-rage?lite).
“A California wildfire that has scorched an area roughly the size of Chicago near Yosemite National Park was 15 percent contained Monday morning (August 26, 2013) — A JUMP from 7 percent the previous night (August 25, 2013), officials said”.
“But the so-called Rim Fire, stretching 234 square miles, still threatens some 4,500 structures as well as the power and water utilities in San Francisco, roughly 200 miles to the west. It has already charred some 149,780 acres”.
“The raging flames also loomed over towering sequoias that are among the largest and oldest living things on the planet. The iconic trees can withstand fire, but BRUTAL conditions — including harsh winds and thick brush — have prompted park employees to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves, according to the AP“. Unfortunately, California experiences “brutal (fire) conditions” EVERY year.
According to Park spokesman Scott Gediman, “All of the plants and trees in Yosemite are important, but the giant sequoias are INCREDIBLY important, both for what they are and as symbols of the National Park System”.
Finally, according to Daniel Berlant, “a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection”, “This fire has continued to pose EVERY challenge that there can be on a fire“.
So, we have yet another source of FRUSTRATION, this time caused by a NATURAL disaster (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).