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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
Email: 2020.Creek@firenet.gov
Phone: 559-549-3781
Hours: Daily 7am to 9pm

Creek Fire Update for September 27, 2020

Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/27/2020

INCIDENT FACTS

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: 302870

Containment: 39%

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 0

Expected Full Containment: 10/15/2020

Structures Threatened: 3458

Structures Destroyed: 855·

Structures Damaged: 71·

CURRENT SITUATION

Current Situation:

Fresno County: SOUTH ZONE

Overnight fire activity in the South Zone of the Creek Fire did not significantly increase the existing fire perimeter.  Areas of the fire experiencing the most activity was south of Mount Tom and the most eastern portion of the South Zone east of China Peak.  There may be movement in alignment with the change in weather and terrain driven winds towards the Ansel Adams Wilderness. 

Firing operations may take place on the northeastern portions of the South Zone in the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.  If this occurs it will be within control lines and anyone in the area may see smoke rising from the fire.  In general, the fire will smolder within the existing perimeter in heavier fuels such as timber and dense fuel beds in the southern portions of the fire near Burrough Mountain and Sycamore Canyon., 

Operationally, fire resources will perform tactical patrol near the fire perimeter mopping up hot spots and ensuring structures are prepared for defense in the event the fire approaches communities.  Containment remains a priority, and handcrews will be deployed in areas where heavy equipment (i.e. bulldozers) cannot be utilized due to challenging terrain.

Madera County: NORTH ZONE

Weather conditions are changing with a high-pressure system moving across the area. This shifts winds to the northeast along ridgetops and upper slopes producing a light to moderate down-sloping wind. Temperatures are also expected to climb starting today and  into next week and return day-time high temperatures to the 90’s. Expect smoke conditions to increase along the Highway 41 Corridor.

Crews working in the Central Camp and Whiskey Falls area have finished the firing operations and they are now in patrol and monitor status.  The military support there was a great success. The hazards in the area are the dead trees that are falling in that area. Crews will remain in those areas and Cascadel Woods to strengthen containment.

Areas of active fire are east of Chiquito Creek and the 5S04 road and east of Beasore Meadow and south to Central Camp Road.

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:

https://creek-fire-preparednessmonomammoth.hub.arcgis.com.

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: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=28ce52cb86bf49dea0adef5a78b3c1b5

Incident Briefing:

There will be no Incident Briefing tonight.

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 https://bit.ly/3kxDyvI

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Fresno County: https://t.co/Otack9NyKc?amp=1

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

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: https://www.facebook.com/MaderaSheriff/.

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

ASSIGNED RESOURCES

Engines: 418

Water Tenders: 78

Helicopters: 18

Hand Crews: 71

Dozers: 91

Other: 905

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

To learn more about wildfire preparedness visit:

www.readyforwildfire.org

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