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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 29 2020

Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/29/2020

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: 305,204

Containment: 44%

Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 1 injury

Expected Full Containment: 10/31/2020

Structures Threatened: 4,576

Structures Destroyed: 855·

Structures Damaged: 71·

CURRENT SITUATION

Current Situation:

Weather Information:

Above average temperatures, lower humidity and light terrain driven winds primarily from the south and southwest are expected to continue over the next several days. These conditions combined with dry fuels across the fire area will allow for flare ups and some spotting, short distances, where conditions align.

Fresno County: SOUTH ZONE

With the change in weather conditions, yesterday saw more active fire behavior on the eastern portion of the fire near the 80 Road and Potter Pass. The goal is to keep the fire north of Kaiser Pass. As the fire moves into the Ansel Adams Wilderness and sparser fuels, progression is expected to slow.

Fire crews will continue to patrol containment lines, mopping up, treating hot spots and increasing the depth of the line. Structure defense is also occurring as a precaution. Containment remains a priority, and hand crews will be deployed in areas where heavy equipment (i.e. dozers) cannot be utilized due to steep terrain.

Madera County: NORTH ZONE

Crews continue to hold, mop up and strengthen the southern and western containment line. Yesterday, a two acre slop over was quickly incorporated into the fire line and a one acre spot fire west of Whiskey Falls Campground was also contained with the help of helicopter water drops. East of Central Camp and south of Little Shuteye Peak continues to be monitored, the fire is still hung up in the rocks in the same location as it has been for the last nine days. In the Ansel Adams Wilderness, spot fires are occurring on the northwest side of the fire, torching pockets of vegetation interspersed within the granite. Very light fire activity is occurring on the northern end of the fire.

Removal of hazardous standing dead trees continues along the primary roads within the fire area including the 81 Road and the Grizzly Road. The structure protection group is working throughout the fire area including in the Johnson Meadow area.

The fire is still 10-12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes, no forward progression is occurring due to the natural barriers of rock and the Lions Fire (2018) burn scar which help to limit fire spread on 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

Cattle in and around the fire area are being rounded up and moved. Be aware of cattle, those working with them, fire personnel and other hazardous conditions when returning to the fire area once it re-opens.

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:

The Sierra National Forest will host an Incident Briefing Wednesday night at 7pm via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/SierraNF/

Damage Inspection:

· Damage assessments are about 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:. 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 8S09 Cascadel Rd, Mammoth Road at 59701 Mammoth Road, Beasore Road at Road 274, Road 274 at Central Camp Road, and Road 632 at Buckskin Lane.  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:  287

Water Tenders:  85

Helicopters:  12

Hand Crews: 60

Dozers:  35

Masticator: 14

Total Personnel:  3,675

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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