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County Says Creek Fire Victims Can Stay in RVs on Property as They Rebuild Homes

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Fresno County residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the Creek Fire have new housing options available as they return to rebuild what they lost.

They can now live on their properties for the next six months in recreational vehicles or “tiny homes” under a temporary measure approved Tuesday by the board of supervisors. Two of the short term dwelling units are allowed per residential parcel and they must be self-contained with onboard water, power and waste systems, the county said.

The rule applies to motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, and camping trailers, according to a county document. A “moveable tiny house” with no more than 430 square feet of living space is also permitted.

Creek Fire

The Creek Fire started September 4th, is 49% contained. It has so far burned 328,595 acres.

According to Cal Fire, it’s the single largest wildfire in state history and has destroyed 856 residential, commercial and other structures to date. Another 71 structures have been damaged.

The US Forest Service says full containment is not expected until October 31.

Utility Connections Required Starting in April

Residents who need more time to complete repairs will have the option to continue living in the temporary units after April 6, 2021, the county said. But, starting on that date they will need to connect their RV or tiny home to onsite utilities, comply with some zoning rules and obtain a permit.

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