Firefighters tried to take advantage of Saturday’s cooler temperatures as the Creek Fire raged nearly out of control.
The blaze swelled overnight to 196,667 acres with at least 369 structures ruined, including dozens of homes and businesses in Sierra National Forest mountain communities in eastern Fresno and Madera counties.
Containment remained at just 6% midday Saturday as about 1,811 firefighters battled what already has become the 16th largest wildfire in California’s history.
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The Creek Fire erupted Sept. 4 near Big Creek and Huntington Lake. The cause remained under investigation. Full containment isn’t expected until mid-October.
The Creek Fire is one of 28 major wildfires racing through California, including 13 new fires that broke out Friday, Cal Fire said Saturday. More than 16,000 firefighters are battling flames statewide.
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