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: 6,723
Structures Destroyed: 855·
Structures Damaged: 71·
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."
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: 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: 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: 3,106
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, 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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