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Creek Fire in California 20 percent contained; Marines, sailors join fight

by Nadia Lopez, Fresno Bee |

The Creek Fire, burning in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Forest, has scorched 248,256 acres in Fresno and Madera counties and was 20 percent contained as of Friday morning.

Fire officials warn that strong winds, which are expected to increase within the next several days, combined with dry weather conditions, may encourage the fire to grow. Full containment of the Creek Fire, located among the communities of Shaver Lake, Big Creek, and Huntington Lake, and other fires in the Sierra National Forest, is not expected until mid-October.

About 250 U.S. Marines and sailors will be deployed into the region to help fight the ongoing fire, the second military support effort initiated this month. The marine unit from Camp Pendleton began fire training Thursday.

The Creek Fire has forced a total of 1,024 families to evacuate from the region.

The Sequoia Complex Fire that ignited Aug. 19 in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area of Sequoia National Forest has burned 122,902 acres and was at 12 percent containment as of Friday morning.