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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
Hours: Daily 7am to 9pm

Creek Fire Update for September 24, 2020

Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/24/2020


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: 291,426

Containment: 34%

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 0

Expected Full Containment: 10/15/2020

Structures Threatened: 5,283

Structures Destroyed: 855·

Structures Damaged: 71·


Current Situation:

Fresno County: The fire actively burned south of Mount Tom and progressed towards Portal Forebay while actively burning and torching in the trees. Eastern portions of the fire are flanking to the east and the southern portion of the fire continues is burning with some short-range spotting. The low humidity overnight assisted to completely consume fuels within the burn perimeter, burning out interior islands.

Humidity recoveries were at best moderate and poor in other areas overnight with clear skies and relatively light winds. Smoke has settled back into the lower drainages and canyons again and will be dense for some locations. Sunny skies are again expected Thursday along with season temperatures and humidity, followed by the potential for record heat this weekend which is likely to increase fire behavior.

The fire will progress south and could reach the Portal Forebay while eastern portions of the fire will continue to progress to the east towards Dinkey Lake Wilderness. The southern portion of the fire should completely burn out to control lines as intended as part of the firing operation. Fire progression will slow as fuels become reduced in the high higher elevation rock while it will smolder in the heavier fuels.

Completing containment remains a priority in the South Zone of the Creek Fire though the use of heavy equipment and hand crews.  Other fire personnel will focus on tactical patrol, including mop up of hot spots near and within the fire perimeter and preparing structure defense within threatened areas. 

Madera County: Weather conditions will continue as they have been until this weekend. A high-pressure system will move across the northern part of the West Coast. This will shift winds to the northeast which will produce a light to moderate down-sloping wind. Temperatures are also expected to climb this weekend into next week and return day-time high temperatures to near 100 degrees in the lower elevations of the south and west areas of the fire. Expect smoke conditions to increase along the 41 Road Corridor.

Air Operations were delayed yesterday due to smoke conditions early in the day. However, during the afternoon, helicopters resumed water-drops along the Central Camp contingency lines, and in the area between Globe Rock and Little Shuteye Peak. With effective air support firefighting crews once again were able to aggressively back-burn problematic areas and continue to work towards extending the containment line north of Peckinpah Meadows.

On Friday, the Mariposa Heli-base will terminate firefighting operations, and all helicopters based there will relocate to Mammoth Lakes. This relocation is in response to the expected northeast winds with the high-pressure system moving into the area this weekend, and not a result of any increased threat of fire progression.

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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Fresno County:

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 8509 Cascadel Rd, 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, Italian Bar Rd at Redinger Lake

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: 311

Water Tenders: 83

Helicopters: 16

Hand Crews: 40

Dozers: 71

Other: 823

Total Personnel: 3,075

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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