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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 Update for September 26, 2020

Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/26/2020


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: 292,172

Containment: 39%

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 0

Expected Full Containment: 10/15/2020

Structures Threatened: 4,576

Structures Destroyed: 855·

Structures Damaged: 71·


Current Situation:

Fresno County: SOUTH ZONE

Active burning was once again observed on the South Zone of the Creek Fire overnight with some timber torching and short range spotting.  Heavier fuels (timber) and dense fuel beds will smolder for an extended period of time. 

There was moderate humidity recovery overnight and downslope winds were felt within the fire.  Smoke that has settled in low lying areas will struggle to mix out of the area due to light winds today.  Beginning today, a weather system bringing higher and hot temperatures arrives in the region with lower humidities.  This will last into next week. 

Areas where fire behavior will be most active will be south of Mount Tom towards the Portal Forebay and east towards the Dinkey Lakes Wildnerness.  Operational priorities for fire resources on the South Zone of the Creek Fire will be ensuring mopup near the existing fire perimeter helps hold containment.  Personnel will also work to improve and build remaining containment lines, and provide tactical patrol including the extinguishment of hot spots and preparing any threatened structures for defense. 

Madera County: NORTH ZONE

Weather conditions will change with a high-pressure system moving across the area starting tonight. This will shift winds to the northeast which will produce a light to moderate down-sloping wind. Temperatures are also expected to climb starting Sunday and  into next week and return day-time high temperatures to the 90’s. Expect smoke conditions to increase along the 41 Road Corridor.

Yesterday Air Operations successfully used the aerial ignition device dispensed by helicopter in the Whiskey Falls area.  This devise is called a PSD (plastic sphere dispenser), it is a compact and dependable aerial ignition devise used in areas that are too dangerous for firefighters.  The hazards in the area are the dead trees that are falling in that area. The tactical back-burning in the areas of Central Camp and Whiskey Falls was finished last night and crews will remain in the area to strengthen and work toward containment.

The Marines are supporting the firefighting efforts in the Cascadel and Central Camp areas.

With the change in anticipated wind direction to a northeast flow due to a high-pressure system moving into the area, all helicopters are now based at the Mammoth Lakes Airport. This relocation is not a result of any increased threat of fire progression.

At its closest distance, the fire was measured to be about 10-12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes. The visual inspection verified that the natural barriers and the previous Lions fire (2017) 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:

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 North Shore. 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, 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:

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: 321

Water Tenders: 82

Helicopters: 16

Hand Crews: 45

Dozers: 68

Other: 860

Total Personnel: 3,263

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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