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Creek Fire Has Eclipsed 350,000 Acres

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North Fork – Oct. 19,2020 –  The Creek Fire which is the largest single fire incident in the state of California has now burned 350,331 acres with 61% containment and full containment not expected until late October. It has destroyed 856 structures and damaged 71 others.

There are currently 958 hard working men and women fighting the Creek Fire with 26 minor injuries to firefighters reported.

Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm through the week with low humidity. Winds will remain light and slope driven, but if a column develops higher level winds will blow the smoke to the east-southeast. Cooler and cloudier conditions are forecast for the end of the week and weekend accompanied by higher winds.

Systematic suppression repair work continues from Upper Chiquito to the San Joaquin River. Crews made good progress falling hazard trees along the 81 Road yesterday and are continuing with falling hazard trees within any of the work areas and/or near the fire line. Work to improve road access to the fire line is ongoing.

For the entire North Zone crews will continue to patrol and mop up, looking for any activity that may threaten the control lines.

Crews, engines and equipment continue to identify and extinguish any hot spots near the fire line. Heavy mop up is still occurring around Central Camp. Any unburned islands that have the potential to spot outside the control lines will be mopped up as well.

The north end of the fire has burned into the granite outcrops of the high country and continues to creep and burn any available fuels. Because of access issues and safety concerns this area will be monitored by air and infrared heat flights.

Fire activity remained overnight on the east and northeast sides of the fire. Last night’s infrared flight detected small areas of growth and spotting. Crews continue to scout out areas southwest of Mammoth Lakes to determine any fire suppression needs.

Minimal fire behavior and favorable terrain near the fire’s edge resulted in little fire growth overnight. Crews will also continue mopping up hotspots in the interior of the fire. Hazard trees from Florence Lake west along the fire perimeter to the North/South Zone break, near Redinger Lake will be removed.

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