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Creek Fire

Unit Information

Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sonora, CA 95370

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The Creek Fire is located in the Clear Lake/Bourland Mountain Area on the Mi-Wok Ranger District, Stanislaus National Forest. The fire is in a remote area with no structures threatened. The Creek fire is burning to the south and west of the Mountain Complex which burned in 2003.

Indirect suppression strategy allows for minimal resource needs due to the use of natural barriers for line location. This strategy will require burn operations that will result in some smoke impacts to the surrounding areas. A Smoke Management Plan has been submitted and is in place. The forest will stay in contact with the local air district about any concerns.

The Creek Fire has not received any precipitation in the last week. A cooling trend is forecast for early next week, with possible precipitation around November 3. The fire is exhibiting minimal creeping, smoldering, and backing behavior.

A soft closure is in place for the Creek Fire at the intersections of Forest Roads 3N17 at the intersection of 3N29/3N17, and for the Rock Creek Trail (19E12). Please watch for signs.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday September 03rd, 2017 approx. 07:22 PM
LocationNear Clear Lake/Bourland Mountain area on the Mi-Wok Ranger District.
Incident CommanderTim Sindelar
Incident DescriptionLightning Fire
Coordinates38.12 latitude, -119.941 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,749 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Brush and Timber. The fuel loading is 40-80 tons per acre. The main carrier is the dead and down logs within the timber stringers.

Significant Events

The fire is exhibiting minimal creeping, smoldering and backing fire behavior.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor the fire near forest road 3N29 and 3n29c. Assess fuel conditions near Clear Lake on the north side and near Bourland Mountain/Box Springs area.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire is not expected to grow, due to significant precipitation and snow over the fire area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A cooling trend is forecast for early next week, with possible precipitation around November 3.

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