SF power plant repaired, running after Rim Fire 

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  • In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 25, 2013 Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. Just three weeks after flames of the Rim Fire consumed an estimated 30,000 acres of forest land, man and nature work to repair the forest.
San Francisco is getting full hydroelectric power again from Yosemite National Park after the last of two power plants shuttered during the Rim Fire reopened.

The city fired up the Holm Powerhouse on Monday. Holm and Kirkwood, the other plant, closed in August, as the fire raged nearby.

Kirkwood reopened in early September. But Holm was damaged and had to have its roof repaired.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spent roughly $860,000 buying power on the open market while the plants were down.

Both plants are fed in all or part by the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the only one inside the boundaries of a national park. The Rim Fire burned 400 square miles. It was ignited by a hunter's fire on Aug. 17.

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