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Creek Fire Creating Own Weather System, Havoc for Firefighters
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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September 7, 2020

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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.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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