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Fresno officials to allow specific residents to survey Creek Fire Damage, salvage belongings

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Posted at 7:06 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 17:59:30-04

FRESNO, Calif. — (UPDATE: 2:54 p.m.) Residents in Zones F9C and F9D will be granted temporary access to their properties Wednesday, September 30.

Access applies to only those who have had had their homes destroyed. Anyone whose home was not destroyed or is not a resident of the specified zones will not be admitted.

For Wednesday's reentry, daily check-in starts at 8:00 am. Passes will not be issued after 1:00 pm. Everyone must check out by 4:00 pm.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office and Fresno County officials are working together to find safe zones for some community members to re-enter within the burn area of the Creek fire allowing residents to survey damage and salvage any items. Only four zones have been identified for re-entry on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Daily check-in for re-entry begins at 10 a.m., and everyone must be checked out by 4 p.m., check-in is at Foothill Elementary School, 29147 Auberry Road.

On Tuesday, only residents in zones F1SA and F1R are allowed temporary re-entry.

On Wednesday, only residents of zones F1SB and F1Q are allowed temporary re-entry.

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To be admitted, residents must bring official identification and a document proving residency. If your driver's license does not contain your current address, bring a utility bill or something similar.

The Fresno County Health Officer has issued a hazard advisory strongly suggesting no habitation of destroyed property until properties are declared clear of hazardous waste and structural ash and debris. Residents should wear protective gear and minimize time of exposure.

The County of Fresno has opened a multi-agency Local Assistance Center at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District located at 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA to support residents impacted by the Creek Fire.

The LAC is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until further notice. This center will serve as a one-stop-shop to help connect residents and property owners with assistance and resources available through a variety of state and local agencies. Available resources include critical document replacement services, social services, economic recovery and financial services, motor vehicle services, healthcare, mental health services and Red Cross.

The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health encourages anyone who may be struggling to reach out for help. There are several resources available.

The Fresno County DBH Warm Line provides non-emergency emotional and coping support to community members. Call (559) 600-WARM (9276) daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disaster Distress Helpline - a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. For English call1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746, for Spanish call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2” or text Hablanos to 66746.

Check here for the latest information and resources for those affected by the Creek Fire, or call (559) 600-4636.

The Creek Fire Evacuation Zone Map can be found here.