Incident Start Date: 09/04/2020
Incident Start Time: 6:33 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.
Forest/CAL FIRE Units: Sierra National Forest, CAL FIRE Units Fresno-Kings and Madera-Mariposa-Merced
Unified Command Agencies: Great Basin Team 1, CAL FIRE 1, Fresno County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff
Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 0
Expected Full Containment: 10/15/2020
Structures Threatened: 7,759
Structures Destroyed: 855·
Structures Damaged: 71·
Fresno County: Areas of the South Zone were active along the South Fork of the San Joaquin River as it progresses south along the solid rock rim of the drainage while on the eastern side of the fire burning is occurring towards the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. Yesterday’s firing operation will continue to burn out in the Sycamore Creek drainage, as previously unburnt fuels become fully consumed, which provides assistance in containment. Around Portal Forebay the fire may move south.
Additional fire progression will be south of Mount Tom but slow as it reaches rocky higher elevation areas with less fuels. Areas with heavier fuels, such as dense beds of ground fuel and timer, will smolder.
Weather will influence fire activity as poor overnight moisture recovery leads to dry fuels. Light winds overnight allowed smoke to settle into the lower drainages and canyon, but overall sunny skies will prevail today allowing early preheating and drying of fuels. While smoke will rise and dissipate today, it will not completely clear out of the area.
Operational priorities for the South Zone of the Creek Fire remains enhancing containment with improvement of line and completion of the firing operation around Sycamore Creek. In other areas tactical patrol to mop-up the fire near the existing perimeter as well as to provide structure defense if needed is also a priority.
Madera County: Weather conditions encountered over the past 2 days will continue. Warm and dry air with southwest winds will continue. Daytime heating and southwest winds will continue to push the smoke upslope towards the Sierra Mountains. Nighttime cooling in the higher elevations will continue to push the smoke back down into the valleys with light down-sloping winds from the northeast. This reversing pattern of winds enables opportunities for effective back-burning operations during the afternoon but increases the danger of spot fires at night, especially in the area of Central Camp. Night shift fire crews have been very successful in holding the progress made during the daytime back burns. As the weather creates effective conditions for back-burns, it also allows for growth of the natural fire lines. Yesterday some flare-ups along the fire perimeter combined with back-burns created some very visible smoke columns during the afternoon. All of these areas were effectively controlled by late evening utilizing air resources.
Today the Military Strike Teams will be put into place along the fire perimeter to actively engage in firefighting operations. This will allow the opportunity to work aggressively and extend containment lines into the problematic areas along the western side of the Creek Fire. Increasing the amount of personnel around the fire area also creates more vehicular traffic. All fire personnel and residents should take this into consideration and use caution while driving on these increasingly traveled roads.
The northeastern fire perimeter is still about 12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes. Fire spread has been slowed as expected due to some natural barriers and the previous burn scar. Conditions continue to be monitored very closely by emergency officials. Additional information is available via the Sierra National Forest Facebook page, or: https://creek-fire-preparednessmonomammoth.hub.arcgis.com.
Please respect the Temporary Flight Restriction. The use of drones is not permitted over the fire area. A drone incursion will result in the grounding of all firefighting aircraft. Remember, "If you fly - We can't."
The evacuation map of Creek Fire evacuations for Fresno and Madera counties is available online: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=28ce52cb86bf49dea0adef5a78b3c1b5
The Sierra National Forest will host an Incident Briefing tonight at 7pm via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/SierraNF/
· Damage assessments are approximately 98% complete.
Fresno County and Madera County:
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Madera County: mcalert.org
Mariposa County: Sheriff Office, sign up with Everbridge: msoalert.com
Temporary Flight Restriction: Perimeter runs from South Merced River Fork on the south end of Yosemite National Park, south to Millerton Lake roughly following Route 41, east to Kings Canyon National Park, and north to Inyo National Forest. See: tfr.faa.gov
Fresno County: Community of Prather. South of Little Sandy / Lodge Rd. North East of Tollhouse Rd. North of Millerton Rd. / Nicholas Rd. East Auberry Rd.
Madera County: Bass Lake, Marina View, Cascadel Woods, and the 225 corridor. For a complete list of evacuation warnings, see the Sheriff’s website (QR code and complete web address in yellow highlight).
Fresno County: Maxon Road at Trimmer Springs Road, Sycamore Road at Watts Valley Road, Highway 168 at Lodge Road, Lodge Road at Tollhouse Road, Auberry Road at Jose Basin Road, Duncan Canyon Road at Burrough North Road
Madera County: Road 222 at 229A, Road 274 at Beasore Road, Road 274 at Central Camp, Road 632 at Buckskin
Closure updates are listed at: https://www.facebook.com/MaderaSheriff/.
Temporary Evacuation Points:
Clovis North High School - 2770 East International Ave. Clovis, CA
Animal Evacuation Centers:
Small animals – Clovis North 2770 East International Ave.
Large animals – The Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 93702, is set up to receive evacuated animals but please contact the Central California Animal Disaster Team (888-402-2238) to make arrangements so animals can be received at the fairgrounds.
Small animals – Oakhurst Community Center 39800 Road 425B Oakhurst, CA
Large animals – Producer’s Livestock Facility at Madera Farm Bureau, 1022 South Pine Street, Madera, CA
Fresno County Sheriff 559-600-3111
Madera County Sheriff 559-658-2555
National Park Closures:
Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are closed to the public due to smoke conditions.
National Forest Closures:
US Forest Service temporarily closed Southern California Forests, including the Sierra National Forest. Regional Order Number 20-12 Emergency Forest Closure.
Bullfrog Fire Information:
The Bullfrog Fire is burning on the Sierra National Forest but is not related to the Creek Fire. For information about that fire, please check Inciweb: Sierra National Forest Bullfrog Fire
Water Tenders: 83
Hand Crews: 40
Total Personnel: 3,171
Air Tankers: Numerous firefighting air tankers are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.
North Zone: Madera County, Madera County Public Health, Madera County Fire, OES, CHP, National Park Service, PG&E, CDCR, Sothern California Edison, American Red Cross, California National Guard, California Air National Guard.
South Zone: Fresno County, Fresno County Public Health, Fresno County OES, OES, Shaver Lake Fire Department, Bald Mountain Fire Protection District, Auberry Fire Department, Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Big Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, CHP, National Park Service, CDCR, PG&E, Sothern California Edison, American Red Cross, California National Guard, California Air National Guard, US Marine Corps and US Navy
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