Creek Fire Smolders in Snowy California Landscape

California’s Creek Fire continues to smolder as temperatures drop, with overflight video showing smoke rising amid the snow in elevated wilderness areas.

Latest reports said activity was subdued, and the fire was 78 percent contained. A cold front was due to move across Fresno County on November 17.

Speaking in the video, Section Chief Heather McRae, of the Creek Fire management team, says efforts have been concentrated on the northern part of the fire, where there are still uncontained edges.

“Lots of snow on the ground up there,” she says. “There are several areas where there is still some smoke that is visible from the air… It looks like there’s some heat that’s holding in some of the larger down logs. We did see a little bit of open flame.”

The fire had burned 379,895 acres by November 17. Credit: California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 via Storyful