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Residents Anxious to Return Home from Creek Fire

Cal fire crews worked Monday to fully contain the Creek Fire burning west of Redding.

Posted: Jun. 25, 2018 7:13 PM
Updated: Jun. 26, 2018 7:18 AM

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Cal fire crews worked all day Monday to fully contain the Creek Fire burning west of Redding.

The Creek Fire broke out Sunday afternoon and quickly spread hundreds of acres forcing many living in the area to evacuate and preventing others from getting home.

“We were all at Water Works park and we heard a bunch of sirens and we saw all the smoke in the air,” Lynnette Wilkie said. “And I said, Honey that looks like it's Happy Valley area. We had a son at home.”

Wilkie was able to get home to her son, but said she was unable to take her three dogs.

She and her family slept at a family member's home Sunday night.

And Monday they went to the Red Cross evacuation center at West Valley High School.

Wilkie has six children, and said she's trying to remain strong for them.

“Their anxieties are high, full of questions, curiosity and what's our next move,” she said.

Wilkie said the hardest thing right now is being displaced.

And she's not alone.

Red Cross disaster program manager Nuriddin Ziyadinov said they’ve had up to 20 clients in and out of the evacuation center.

“Some come in for feeding and stuff like that,” Ziyadinov said. “But up to 8 to 10 people staying overnight in our shelter.”

Firefighters worked overnight to get the fire under control and did made some progress.

But Cal Fire public information officer Cheryl Buliavac said residents need to be patient with them as they work to fully extinguish the fire and make sure it's safe for people to return home.

“We're working to get people back into their homes,” Buliavac said. “There were a lot of people that were evacuated and roads closed. The priority is for their safety.”

For Wilkie, she said the uncertainty of not knowing if her home or her pets are safe is the scariest thing right now.

“Very scary for everyone involved,” Wilkie said.

Action News Now did confirm that four structures were destroyed by the fire.

But Buliavac said it's not clear yet whether they were homes.

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