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Creek Fire

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Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

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Creek Fire Information and Media
Phone: 559-549-3781
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Creek Fire Update for September 23, 2020

Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/23/2020


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

Size: 286,519

Containment: 32%

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 0

Expected Full Containment: 10/15/2020

Structures Threatened: 6,723

Structures Destroyed: 855·

Structures Damaged: 71·


Current Situation:

Fresno County: Active burning in the South Zone of the Creek Fire occurred during yesterday operational period south of Mount Tom progressing towards Portal Forebay.  Active burning and torching occurred in heavy fuels and timber in this area.  On the eastern portion of the fire progression was towards the east and on the south portion of the Zone it burned within control lines and consumed fuels interior to the existing perimeter.   

Weather will follow the trend of season temperatures and low relative humidity with light winds, leading smoke to settle in the canyons and other low areas overnight into the morning with clearing by the midafternoon.  Sunny skies will return Wednesday with little change in temperature or humidity and stabilize.  

Fire progression may reach the Portal Forebay on the north portion of the Zone, and on the east portion of the fire it will progress towards the Dinkey Lake Wilderness. The southern portion of the fire should burn completely within and to the control lines from the burning operation.  In high elevation areas with rock outcroppings, progression will slow. 

Smoldering will continue in heavier fuel loads such as timber and areas with dense fuel beds.

Operational priorities for today on the South Zone will include tactical patrol in all areas. 

Tactical patrol includes mopping up areas of the fire still exhibiting open flame, smoke and smoldering, and focusing on ensuring threatened structures are prepared for possible defense should the fire impact their communities.  Additionally, line improvement and construction will remain a focus to improve containment of the fire with heavy equipment and hand crews removing additional fuels from areas around existing line. 

Madera County: Weather conditions will continue to remain very consistent, possibly through the weekend. The alternating pattern of daytime up-sloping winds followed by nighttime down-sloping winds will be the dominant weather pattern. Fire crews have used this consistency and have implemented a very efficient routine and maximizing the use of air resources. Air Operations had a very busy day on the western perimeter of the fire near Central Camp. Helicopters performing water drops, and fixed wing aircraft dropping fire retardant along constructed dozer lines allowed for aggressive back-burning in this area. The fire has been brought around Central Camp utilizing these back burns, and confidence is high that this area will continue to be under control. Firefighters continue to patrol the cabins and to this point have protected the structures in this area.

Air reconnaissance was also used to visually survey the northern fire perimeter. After the fire spread last weekend over Beasore Road, this was the first opportunity to inspect the area including Granite Creek and Clover Meadows Camps. Fire preparations performed last week proved to be effective, and though the fire passed through these areas, the buildings in these camps were saved. Fire has also passed around Strawberry Mine, and the main buildings appear to be free of damage.

At its closest distance, the fire was measured to be about 14 miles west of Mammoth Lakes. The visual inspection verified that the natural barriers and the previous burn scar do appear to be limiting fire spread in the north-eastern flank. Conditions continue to be monitored very closely by emergency officials. Additional information is available via the Sierra National Forest Facebook page, or the below link:

Once again, with the increased use of air resources, 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."

Evacuation Map:

The evacuation map of Creek Fire evacuations for Fresno and Madera counties is available online:

Incident Briefing:

The Sierra National Forest will host an Incident Briefing tonight at 7pm via Facebook Live:

Damage Inspection:

· Damage assessments are approximately 98% complete.

Fresno County and Madera County:

An interactive damage assessment map for Fresno County and Madera County is available: Fresno County Damage Assessment Map or

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Madera County:

Mariposa County: Sheriff Office, sign up with Everbridge:

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:

Evacuation Warnings:

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).

Road Closures:

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: Cascadel Road at Autumn Ridge Way, Mammoth Road at 59701 Mammoth Road, Road 274 at Putney Place, Douglas Ranger Station Road at Mill Site, Beasore Road at Road 274, Road 274 at Central Camp Road, Road 432 at Road 331, Road 274 at Road 331, and Road 632 at Buckskin Lane.

Closure updates are listed at:

Temporary Evacuation Points:

Fresno County

Clovis North High School - 2770 East International Ave. Clovis, CA

Animal Evacuation Centers:

Fresno County

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.

Madera County

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

Missing Persons:

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


Engines: 316

Water Tenders: 83

Helicopters: 16

Hand Crews: 40

Dozers: 72

Other: 832

Total Personnel: 3,106

Air Tankers: Numerous firefighting air tankers are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.

Cooperating Agencies

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,  US Marine Corps and US Navy

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

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