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Creek Fire

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Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

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Creek Fire Information and Media
Email: 2020.Creek@firenet.gov
Phone: 559-297-0706
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm

Creek Fire Morning Update, November 15

Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 11/15/2020

Incident Start Date: Sept. 4, 2020; Cause: Under Investigation; Acres: 379,895; Containment: 78% Expected Full Containment Date: 11/30/2020
(with a season-ending event)

Engines: 6; Hand Crews: 5; Helicopters: 2; Water Tenders: 2; Dozers: 4; Other Heavy Equipment: (Chippers, masticators, etc.) 4

Total Personnel: 356; Firefighter injuries: 29; Structures threatened: 0; Structures Destroyed: 853; Structures Damaged: 64

Current Situation: Crews continue to make good progress on suppression repair. Currently, of 338 miles of dozer line, 258 miles have been completely repaired (76%.) Of 98 miles of handline, 72 miles have been completed (73%.) Roads are also being repaired: 148 miles were used as line, and 118 miles (80%) have now been repaired. With favorable weather predicted for the next few days, these numbers are expected to grow. Some lines, now covered in snow, will likely not be accessible this year. Firefighters predict that if conditions remains favorable work should be completed in the next 5 to 7 days.

While it is unlikely that firefighters will be able to access the still-open line in the Wilderness areas on the northern and northeastern sides of the fire, there has been very little heat observed and no overall fire spread in the last 5 days. This remaining open line is in areas that are high elevation, snow-covered, and largely surrounded by granite. Crews will continue to monitor, but are not expecting further growth.  

Weather: Temperatures are expected to be near normal for the next several days, with colder air entering the area prior to another system on Tuesday/ Wednesday. Models are not yet confident on the amount of precipitation, if any, that this next system will bring.

Pile burning in Shaver Lake: The CAL Fire, Fresno-Kings Unit will continue burning brush/slash piles that were assembled during suppression repair work on the Creek Fire today along Hwy 168 between Shaver Lake Village and Shaver Point. Smoke from the burn piles may be visible locally.

Sierra National Forest Closures: The Sierra National Forest closure remains in effect through November 24. To read the full closure order and see a boundary map, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/

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