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Creek Fire Creating Own Weather System, Havoc for Firefighters

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As nearly 1,000 firefighters from across the state are battling the Creek Fire, they are encountering another problem  — a fire that is creating its own weather system.

This is in addition to the hot, dry weather and an abundance of timber and underbrush.

“The other problem we are dealing with is this fire is able to create its own climate. That’s what makes it dangerous,” said Cal Fire spokesman Edwin Zuniga on Monday. “It creates a situation for very erratic winds which could potentially spread this fire in all different directions.”

The forecast at the start of the day called for easterly winds. One mission for fire personnel today was to save Shaver Lake.

The fire had already burned more than 78,000 acres throughout the mountains above Fresno and Madera counties as of Monday morning. More acres were being consumed by the wildfire Monday.

Climate Scientist Also Concerned

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain wrote about his concern for the weather pattern affecting wildfires in California.

“This front & subsequently cool air over Great Basin will also bring season’s first offshore wind event to California. It won’t be as extreme by historical standards as in Oregon, but it comes at time of unprecedented pre-existing wildfire activity & is therefore of great concern,” Swain tweeted.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email