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Crews to get water flowing from area ravaged by Creek Fire

 •  by Lois Henry
The face of Friant Dam, which holds water in Millerton Lake. Taken Nov. 2018. Credit: Lois Henry

Southern California Edison crews will be able to restart some releases from lakes in the San Joaquin River watershed after the Creek Fire overran much of the area through September.

Edison spokesman Reggie Kumar said portions of the Big Creek facility went back online Sept. 29 but restoration has been hampered partly because of extremely poor air quality. And the fire is still burning. It was at 44% containment as of Thursday.

Even so, Edison crews will be able to send 2,000 acre feet a day down the mountain at least through October 14, according to authorities.

Those releases, which flow into Millerton Lake, mean farmers from Fresno to Arvin will be able to continue irrigation.

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