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The Creek Fire:

    This is the incredible moment firefighters rushed into a California neighborhood as flames ravaged homes then had to drive through a wall of flames when the Creek Fire became too dangerous to fight. Footage from the City of Merced Fire Department shared on Wednesday showed the devastation and danger from the point of view of the heroes, providing a brief look at how brave the men and women launched their rescue mission within the first 12 hours of the blaze. The helmet camera footage is from nearly two weeks ago on September 4. Dozens of fires have burned some 4.5 million acres of tinder-dry brush, grass and woodlands in Oregon, California and Washington state since August, ravaging several small towns,...
    (CNN)As tens of thousands of firefighters battles blazes up and down the state of California, specialized teams of firefighters known as Hotshots have been sent in.These are the firefighters on the frontlines, that walk directly into dangerous fire on steep terrain to strategically plan the best course of action to tackle the flames. Hotshots battle the Creek Fire into the night.These specialty crews are working some of the 87 active fires burning across the US West Coast, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. At least 25 of those fires are in California, where 25 people have died since the fire season began."We go into the places that are gonna take some thinking and some figuring out," Superintendent of Kern...
    CHICO (CBS SF/AP) –Search teams have recovered the remains of two new fire victims, raising the death toll in the North Complex West Zone blaze to 14, authorities announced Sunday night. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the latest recoveries at the nightly update. He did not release any other details. However, Honea did release information about a third victim — Khawar Bhatti — he was a 58-year-old man who died in Berry Creek. He also said the number of missing has been reduced from 16 to 7. On Sunday, survivors of the fire told frightening tales of their panicked escape from Berry Creek as the wall of flames roared through early Wednesday. Particularly of encountering a traffic jam on...
    BERRY CREEK (CBS SF/AP) — As a wall of flames roared toward the Butte County mountain community of Berry Creek, panicked residents trying to escape ran into a traffic jam on the two-lane bridge leading out of town. The blaze had traveled 30 miles over an 18-hour stretch after it jumped over the fire lines Tuesday, leaving in its wake a path of death and destruction. Squarely in fire’s path was Berry Creek — an unincorporated town of about 1,200 people. Among those trying to escape were Misty Spires and her boyfriend, Jonathan Gonzales, who had spent time Tuesday night trying to save their home and other structures with a fire hose from the volunteer fire department hooked up to...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the flames closed in on tiny Berry Creek in the Sierra Nevada foothills early Wednesday, Misty Spires and her boyfriend hooked a fire hose to a hydrant in a desperate attempt to defend their homes and the town’s only laundromat. They gave up around 4 a.m. when propane tanks began exploding and they were dodging embers “as big as my feet,” she said. But traffic was snarled on the two-lane bridge leading out of town, forcing Spires and others to turn around and drive down a sandbar to escape the flames. She helped another man load his motorcycle on the back of her pickup truck before sprinting to safety. “It was like a war...
    By DAISY NGUYEN and ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the flames closed in on tiny Berry Creek in the Sierra Nevada foothills early Wednesday, Misty Spires and her boyfriend hooked a fire hose to a hydrant in a desperate attempt to defend their homes and the town's only laundromat. They gave up around 4 a.m. when propane tanks began exploding and they were dodging embers “as big as my feet,” she said. But traffic was snarled on the two-lane bridge leading out of town, forcing Spires and others to turn around and drive down a sandbar to escape the flames. She helped another man load his motorcycle on the back of her pickup truck before sprinting...
    The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 3 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s fire marshal has resigned after being placed on leave amid a personnel investigation. Oregon State Police placed Fire Marshal Jim Walker on leave Friday night, and he resigned Saturday. In a news release Saturday, State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton said only that a leadership change was needed to face the “unprecedented crisis” posed by the wildfires. Walker did not immediately return a Facebook message from The Associated Press seeking comment. Mariana Ruiz-Temple, the chief deputy state fire marshal, has been named to replace him. In a written statement Saturday, Gov. Kate Brown said Ruiz-Temple had “led with grace, transparency and courage” and that...
    Earlier this week, the North Complex fire was a dying giant that was more than half-contained, not the monster it would become. Firefighters thought a river, one crew of firefighters and one incomplete line of bare earth might keep the Northern California fire from racing toward communities like Berry Creek, officials said. At the time, firefighters said they had few options. Then the fire exploded, traveling with astounding speed into Butte County mountain communities, destroying hundreds of structures, killing at least nine with a dozen still missing. When the winds came, the firefighters were quickly overwhelmed and soon the fire was burning homes. There are troubling parallels between this fire and the fast-moving inferno that burned down much of Paradise...
    The first named victim of a devastating California wildfire that has so far killed 10 has been identified as a 16-year-old student who was 'supposed to leave with his brother' but couldn't escape the flames.  Josiah Williams, 16, died in the North Complex fire that ripped through the community of Berry Creek in Butte County, California, this week. His devastated family broke their silence to announce his death after several fraught days searching for the teen culminated in the discovery of his body.   This comes as the West Coast continues to be ravaged by almost 100 major wildfires that have scorched almost 4.4 million acres and killed at least 23 across 12 states.     The North Complex fire is now California's deadliest...
    People walk by the Pacific Ocean coast as smoke from wildfires covers an area near Yachats, Oregon..JPG Carlos Barria/Reuters Oregon resident Allison Hargett was camping at Detroit Lake State Park near Salem, Oregon, with her family and friends when they were told to evacuate early Tuesday morning because of the nearby Beachie Creek Fire. As Hargett drove away with her family, she ran out of gas and her friends had to drive her family home.  Hargett told CNN that she had to abandon her car and boat in a parking lot, and she has no idea if they survived the blaze.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An Oregon family ran out of gas while fleeing a...
    By Paul P. Murphy | CNN Heat from California’s Creek Fire is creating dangerous thunderhead clouds rising over 45,000 feet high. The wildfire has already scorched 152,833 acres in its four days of burning through the Sierra National Forest. It’s been generating weather, which is in turn is fueling its growth. Imagery from NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite is showing just how big the Creek Fire thunderhead got. These wildfire-created thunderhead clouds, or pyrocumulonimbus clouds, occur because the fire-heated air rises and carries water vapor up, causing the thunderheads. Common sense would suggest rain clouds would help firefighters knock down the blaze. Related Articles Bear Fire prompts more evacuation orders in Butte County El Dorado fire containment grows,...
    When Mandy Keathley began hiking the John Muir Trail, she expected the over 200-mile journey to take about 18 days. The 32-year-old hadn’t made plans for the summer. So when she got a month off from work, she figured it was the perfect time to spend a few weeks in the open air. She packed a 45-liter backpack with her tent, sleeping bag, stove, food, water filtration and clothes. What she didn’t expect was for her solo hike to go up in smoke and end — about a week after it started — in a predawn evacuation Tuesday on a military helicopter. A photo of the Mammoth Pool Reservoir taken by hiker Alec Ziff. The Creek...
    A firetruck drives along state Highway 168 while battling the Creek Fire in the Shaver Lake community of Fresno County, California, September 7, 2020. Noah Berger/AP Photo The rapidly spreading Creek Fire trapped hundreds of hikers and campers in California's Sierra National Forest. The Coast Guard rescued 164 people on Tuesday morning, after thick smoke prevented its helicopters from landing on Monday. Over the weekend, rescuers evacuated 214 people and nearly a dozen pets from a campground surrounded by fire. Several evacuees suffered burns and broken bones. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Hundreds of people have been rescued from an enormous wildfire that's tearing through California's Sierra National Forest. About 100 were trapped for several days...
    SHAVER LAKE (CBS SF/AP) — The massive Creek Fire burning in the tinder-dry Sierra north of Fresno continued its march unabated toward the community of Shaver Lake Sunday night, growing to more than 73,000 acres, sending Labor Day weekend visitors to the popular recreation area and local residents frantically scrambling to escape the wall of flames. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the region as firefighters including crews from Santa Rosa and Oakland raced to join the fight from around the state. Ridge top fire activity on ridge N of Ken’s store Shaver Lake #CreekFire pic.twitter.com/WOE6A8HPpz — craig philpott (@CphilpottCraig) September 7, 2020 The advancing flames had left a path of destruction through the small community...
    By Cheri Mossburg and Holly Yan| CNN Hundreds of people narrowly escaped a fast-moving wildfire in Central California when rescue crews airlifted them to safety. At least 224 people were rescued from the Mammoth Pool Reservoir area after the Creek Fire blocked the only road out of the popular recreation site, Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue said Sunday. About 20 evacuees had injuries ranging from broken bones to burns. Two people had to be carried on a stretcher, Pogue said. “The situation only can be described as just hellish conditions out there for those poor people,” the sheriff said. Juliana Park was outside the Mammoth Pool Reservoir area when she had to flee in a car surrounded by flames. She...
    BOULDER CREEK — One was home to Andrew Wilson since he was brought there after his birth nearly four decades ago. It was where he still lived, returning as an adult while enrolled in nursing school to live with his father deep in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. One was home to Mary Beth Curley, husband Tony Burgess and their two teenage children — a spacious house near the golf club, with a rumpus room downstairs. One was home to Jon Payne and his wife, Elizabeth, a lively compound serving as an informal local music venue with a just-finished recording studio and his bandmates living on the property nearby. Every home has a story. In few places is...
    GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Hanging Lake will likely remain closed to hikers for some time due to the Grizzly Creek Fire burning in Glenwood Canyon. The fire grew to 30,719 acres on Monday morning. It began on Aug. 10. U.S. Forest Service officials say images taken last week show the fire burned above the lake but spared the lake and waterfall, although how much drainage from the fire is in the lake is unknown. Hanging Lake Aug. 19, 2020 (credit: US Forest Service) The fire did burn through some of the lower trail but just how much the area has been impacted is unclear. The Forest Service hasn’t been able to determine when they will be able to evaluate...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California.LIVE UPDATES: More on the fires burning around Northern California"Over the past 72 hours, California has experienced a historic lightning siege," said CAL FIRE division chief Jeremy Rahn. More than 10,800 lightning strikes started 367 new fires, Rahn said.He went on to add, "Firefighting resources are depleted as new fires continue to ignite." Over the past few days, the fires in Napa and San Mateo counties have exploded, prompting mandatory evacuations."When you're under evacuation, you'll hear deputies in the neighborhood with a hi-lo siren," said Sonoma Sheriff Mark Essick. The siren means you must evacuate.App users: For a better experience,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California.LIVE: Track San Francisco Bay Area air quality levels impacted by smoke from several wildfires"Over the past 72 hours, California has experienced a historic lightning siege," said CAL FIRE division chief Jeremy Rahn. More than 10,800 lightning strikes started 367 new fires, Rahn said.He went on to add, "Firefighting resources are depleted as new fires continue to ignite." Over the past few days, the fires in Napa and San Mateo counties have exploded, prompting mandatory evacuations."When you're under evacuation, you'll hear deputies in the neighborhood with a hi-lo siren," said Sonoma Sheriff Mark Essick. The siren means you must...
    GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – New photos released by officials involved in the fight against the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon show some minor damage to Interstate 70. Currently the fire continues to rage next to I-70 a full week after it started, the highway remains fully closed in the area, and it’s not clear if there is more extensive damage to the roadway in other sections of the canyon. (credit: U.S. Forest Service) The photos posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire official Facebook page on Monday show a broken guardrail in an elevated stretch of the highway and small boulders littering the highway. When asked about the damage, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Transportation didn’t explain...
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s been a week since the Grizzly Creek Fire started in Colorado’s Glenwood Canyon, and the fire remains one of the nation’s top firefighting priorities. A total of around 25,000 acres have burned and Interstate 70 remains closed in both directions in the canyon. The wildfire still remains at 0% containment. On Monday the number of personnel involved in the firefight was listed at nearly 650. That includes bulldozer and helicopter operators. A firefighting team from Arvada — Arvada Fire’s Brush 58 Wildland Fire Crew — is among the many firefighters across the state who are battling the fire on its front lines. They shared photos on Monday showing an up-close fire retardant drop...
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Managers of the battle against the Grizzly Creek Fire on Saturday listed the size of the blaze at 19,440 acres. The wildfire burning in Colorado’s Glenwood Canyon continues to grow in areas and there is no containment. The fire is currently the top firefighting priority in the country. Interstate 70 remains closed through the canyon and evacuation and pre-evacuation orders remain in place. (credit: U.S. Forest Service) The latest map from the U.S. Forest Service shows how the burn area covers the majority of the northern side of the canyon and part of the southern side. (credit: U.S. Forest Service) Firefighters say the area west of Bair Ranch (on the northeast part of the fire)...
    PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– The Sand Creek Fire burning in Southwest Colorado has grown to nearly 60 acres. It was sparked by lightning last week. (credit: Inciweb) The Sand Creek Fire is burning about 20 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. There is no word on containment. Wildfire Resources – Visit CBSDenver.com’s Colorado Wildfire section. Wildfire Photo Galleries – See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.
    CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) - A brush fire in the town of Cave Creek that grew to 1.4 square miles (3.6 kilometers) now is 67% contained and evacuation orders will be lifted Tuesday, authorities said Monday. Arizona State Forestry officials said the fire believed to be human-caused was reported last Saturday afternoon and some 500 homes were evacuated involving about 1,000 residents. Some residents were allowed to return home Sunday night with the rest by noon Tuesday. TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Judge in Flynn case says he hasnt decided if hell grant DOJ request to drop the...
    CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) - A brush fire is burning in the town of Cave Creek, destroying nearly a dozen structures and leading to a mandatory evacuation order. The fire was reported Saturday afternoon and is estimated to be around 750 acres, state forestry officials said. Ten structures have burned and more, including residences, are threatened. It was not immediately known how many homes were impacted by the order. Maricopa County sent out an evacuation alert around 1:45 p.m. According to the alert, residents south of Tonto National Forest, north of Cave Creek Road, east of New River Road and west of Scopa Trail must leave their homes. Sheriff’s deputies were assisting with evacuations. TOP STORIES Asphyxiation not the cause...