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Night before last, we had a few hours where the air quality was -almost- back into the 'fair' range.
Was nice to get the house opened up and the smokey smell out. But it quickly went back into 'moderate' and it sounds like we're supposed to expect it to stay that way until October. People north and east of me have it worse. :(
 

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The Creek Fire in the Fresno and Madera County mountains is now the 8th largest fire in state history, having grown to 271,938 acres. However, containment has also improved to 25 percent. Around 200 US Marines and Navy personnel have arrived for training, and will rotate into firefighting roles starting Tuesday. Damage assessment is nearly complete, with at least 913 structures destroyed or damaged so far. More than 8,000 structures remain threatened by the fire. Although Yosemite National Park remains closed due to toxic smoke, the air quality in the Central Valley has improved to "Moderate" status valley-wide thanks to an on-shore flow of ocean-cooled air across the region.

The SQF Complex Fire burning in the Tulare County mountains has grown to 133,488 acres, with much of the fire activity being along its north and west sides. Containment improved slightly to 14 percent. More than 150 structures have been damaged or destroyed, with more than 3,000 under threat. Sequoia National Park remains closed due to fire concerns, and Kings Canyon National Park remains closed due to heavy smoke.
 

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The Creek Fire in the mountains of Fresno and Madera Counties is now on the verge of overtaking the Thomas Fire that burned Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in 2017 as the sixth largest fire in state history. The Creek Fire has burned 280,425 acres. Containment has been steadily improving, however, with containment now at 30 percent. Damage assessment is now estimated to be 98 percent complete, with at least 866 structures destroyed and another 71 damaged. Yosemite National Park remains closed due to heavy smoke in the area; however, major roads through the park are now open for pass-through traffic only.

Containment has been slow-going for firefighters fighting the SQF Complex Fire in the Tulare County mountains. The fire, which has grown to 137,508 acres, is only 18 percent contained after more than a month. Evacuation orders have relaxed for a few areas, mainly around Three Rivers. However, the mountain portions of State Routes 190 and 198 remain closed, as are the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
 
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Better now, but most of the past week or so was spent with lungs that felt heavy and hurt, bloody noses, nausea and constantly watering eyes. Come visit! Its a vacationer's paradise, I tell you!
Yeah, my sinuses have been a wreck. And I mainly stay indoors.
 
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The Creek Fire burning in the Fresno and Madera County mountains has set a couple of interesting records. At 286,519 acres, it is now the largest single fire in California history, and the sixth largest overall when you factor in the fire complexes. Fire crews are continuing to gain an upper hand on the blaze, which is now 32 percent contained. The Creek Fire is also among the top 20 most destructive wildfires in state history. Of the 855 structures that have been destroyed, 502 of them were single-family homes. Officials have started letting some residents whose homes have been destroyed go back to their homes long enough to try to salvage what they can from the rubble, where it is safe to do so.

Firefighters have made significant progress in containing the SQF Complex Fire in the Tulare County mountains today, improving containment of the now-141,600 acre blaze to 33 percent. More than 150 structures have been destroyed, with an additional 3,000 structures still in imminent danger.

The North Complex (Plumas and Butte Counties) at 1,654 structures destroyed, the LNU Lightning Complex (Colusa, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Yolo Counties) at 1,491 structures destroyed, and the CZU Lightning Complex (Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties) at 1,490 structures destroyed, also feature in the Top 20 most destructive wildfires in state history, each in the top 11. The August Complex (Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, and Trinity Counties) is hands down the largest overall fire in state history at 846,732 acres.
 
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The Creek Fire burning in the Fresno and Madera County mountains continues to grow, now at 289,695 acres, as it creeps closer to containment, now at 34 percent. Winds in the region have picked up, which have pushed flames northward. However, the winds also helped clear some of the built-up smoke, and the Central Valley enjoyed air quality in the Moderate and even Good ranges today.

The SQF Complex Fire burning in the Tulare County mountains has gained international attention, as 100 firefighters from Mexico have arrived to help battle the blaze. It has grown somewhat to 144,826 acres with containment up to 35 percent.
 

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The Creek Fire in the mountains of Fresno and Madera Counties has now burned 291,426 acres, placing it very near being in the top five largest fires in state history. It already is the largest singular fire in state history. Containment of the fire has increased to 36 percent, though winds have made it a challenge for firefighters today. Additionally, cooler, seasonal weather is expected to give way to dry record-breaking heat at the beginning of next week throughout the region.

There are no updates on the SQF Complex Fire burning in the Tulare County mountains.

It is very telling that, of the six largest fires in California history, five of them are currently burning. The top 6 are:
  1. August Complex (862,733 acres) in Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, and Trinity Counties: Currently burning
  2. Mendocino Complex (459,123 acres) in Mendocino, Lake,Colusa, and Glenn Counties: July 2018
  3. SCU Lightning Complex (396,624 acres) in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus Counties: Currently burning
  4. LNU Lightning Complex (363,220 acres) in Colusa, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Yolo Counties: Currently burning
  5. North Complex (304,492 acres) in Plumas and Butte Counties: Currently burning
  6. Creek Fire (291,426 acres) in Fresno and Madera Counties: Currently burning (largest singular fire in state history)
The SCU and LNU Lightning Complex fires are nearly contained at 98 percent each, though the fires will likely continue to burn for several weeks within the containment lines.
 
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Growth of the Creek Fire in the mountains of Fresno and Madera Counties has been held today at 291,426 acres, with containment improving to 39 percent. Yosemite National Park, which had closed a week ago due to bad air quality, has reopened as a recent shift in the weather pattern allowed for clearing of much of the smoke that had been lingering over the mountains and the valley floor.

The SQF Complex Fire burning in the Tulare County mountains has grown to 148,850 acres today, according to Cal Fire, with containment improving to 39 percent. Earlier this week, the firefighting effort has been augmented by 100 firefighters from Mexico joining the front lines. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks remain closed due to fire and smoke concerns.
 

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The Creek Fire in the Fresno and Madera County mountains has grown once again, though firefighters have managed to hold onto the containment lines made so far. The fire has burned 292,830 acres and remains 39 percent contained. The fire has damaged or destroyed at least 921 structures, and more than 4,500 remain threatened. However, plans are underway to repopulate much of the burned area starting tomorrow, allowing residents to assess what's left of their properties.

Officials report that forward progress of the SQF Complex Fire burning in the Tulare County mountains has been stopped. The fire remains at 148,850 acres with containment holding at 39 percent. The fire has damaged or destroyed 226 structures, with about another 1,000 still threatened. A number of communities remain evacuated, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks remain closed.

CalFire is currently listing about 25 active fires burning throughout California.
 

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The Creek Fire burning in the Fresno and Madera County mountains has grown to 302,870 acres since last night. Containment remains at 39 percent. Repopulation of the Shaver Lake area started today. One of the daunting tasks ahead for business owners and residents fortunate enough to have homes still is that of cleaning out refrigerators that have been without electricity since the fire started more than three weeks ago.

Further south in the Tulare County mountains, the SQF Complex Fire has grown to 150,266 acres. Despite the growth, containment has jumped up to 49 percent.
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Windy conditions in the Sierras have made fighting the Creek Fire in eastern Fresno and Madera Counties difficult, and the fire grew to 304,640 acres. Fire crews were able to hold the containment lines, however, and kept containment at 39 percent. Meanwhile, the repopulation of areas around Shaver Lake is underway as more evacuation orders are lifted.

There was minimal growth of the SQF Complex Fire in eastern Tulare County, with the fire now at 150,744 acres. Containment has improved to 54 percent and the threat to structures has been mitigated. Still, 244 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire. Sequoia National Park remains closed due to continued wildfire concerns.
 
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