Rim Fire's Threat to San Francisco's Water Supply

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Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider reports on the latest developments in one of the biggest wildfires in California's history, dubbed the Rim Fire. She speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

It is close enough to a major reservoir to threaten san francisco's water and power supply.

Bonnie snyder is here with an update.

Give us an update on the conditions around the fire.

The latest weather is that today was a better day for firefighters.

They are dealing with really rocky terrain and hard to get to areas.

A lot of the firefight is happening from overhead.

Temperatures to drop down to the low 60's this morning.

We still run the risk of thunderstorms.

Monday's weather conditions were horrible, very windy.

The problem is already looking at the history on the record, this is the seventh largest fire in the california state history.

It is only 20% contained.

We still have a ways to go to get it under control.

The proximity to the water reservoir and the powerplant plant is a huge concern.

They were only 15 miles from the fire.

One remains to that is 30 miles from the fire.

The fire is burning within half a mile of this reservoir and the concern is about ash contaminated the water.

You know a bit about the technology behind the reservoir.

Walk us through that technology.

It is really fascinating because the technology that is keeping the ash from contending the water was a project that was $4.6 billion 10 years ago to improve the pipes that bring the water to san francisco.

Why did they do this project?

It was just in case an earthquake cut off the water supply.

It was not originally designed of a wild -- for a wildfire.

It is helping to bring even more water out of the reservoir to the local area is faster.

We are getting even more water than normal because of the situation.

The idea is to keep the water clear of ash.

The water quality is still good and a lot of it is based on this improved network of piping and reinforcement of the water pipes to bring the water or snow melt down from the water.

It is a great technology that is

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