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Approximate Location

38.12 latitude, -119.941 longitude

Incident Overview

Wildfire burning showing area fuels and natural barriers

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The Creek Fire is located in the remote area of Bourland Mountain on the Mi-Wok Ranger District, Stanislaus National Forest. Fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering in steep terrain with heavy dead and down logs. The Creek Fire is burning to the south and west of the Mountain Complex which burned in 2003. No structures are threatened. Smoke will be visible in area as the fire (low intensity backing fire) continues to burn fuels between the fire's edge and fireline.

A soft closure is in place for the Creek Fire at the intersections of Forest Roads 3N29/3N26, 3N01/3N16, 3N29/3N21, and for Rock Creek (19E12) and Bell Meadow (20E17) trailheads. 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 CommanderShaun Craig/Brian Ambrose(t)
Incident DescriptionLightning Fire

Current Situation

Total Personnel67
Size996 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
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

Minimal fire behavior with creeping, backing, and smoldering. Fire is backing on the southern slopes and creeping and smoldering in the duff.


Planned Actions

Crews are continuing to monitor the fire. As favorable weather allows, firefighters will use a low intensity backing fire to remove fuels from the fire’s edge to the fireline and underneath the timber stands to prevent a high intensity fire.

Projected Incident Activity

A low intensity backing fire will continue to the west along the ridge from 7290’ toward Forest System (FS) road 3N29, to the north side near Clear Lake towards Lily Creek and on the south side near FS road 3N27Y towards Bourland Mountain.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and light rain are predicted through tomorrow. A drying trend will follow into the weekend which should make for better conditions to promote a low intensity backing fire to remove fuels from the fire's edge to the fireline.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Creek Fire Info
Phone: 209-770-6156
Hours: daily 8-430p

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