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: Northern Rockies Team 4, CAL FIRE 1, Fresno County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff
Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 3 injury
Expected Full Containment: 10/31/2020
Structures Threatened: 4,576
Structures Destroyed: 855·
Structures Damaged: 71·
The hot and dry pattern continues, with temperatures well above normal and more typical for late August, about 10 degrees above average highs and 10 to 15 degrees above average low temperatures. Lower humidity and terrain driven winds (gusts of 14 to 18 mph and 20 to 25 mph on ridge tops) primarily from the south and southwest are also 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
Continuing hot and dry weather conditions are allowing for increased fire activity on the eastern portion of the fire near the 80 Road and Potter Pass. Sparser fuels and a changing fuel type (red fir and lodgepole pine) is expected to slow fire progression.
Fire fighters continue to patrol and enhance containment lines. Crews are mopping up and increasing the depth of the established fire line and treating hot spots. As a precaution, structure defense also continues in several areas within and near the southern and eastern edges. Hand crews are working in areas where dozer access is limited due to steep terrain, and helicopter support is also helping to treat hot spots and flare ups.
Operationally, the Incident Command Post at Sierra High School is relocating to the Veterans Memorial Building in Clovis, located at 808 4th Street. Public information will now be working from both Sierra High School and the Memorial Building. Please see the phone numbers listed above, media contact information has changed.
Madera County: NORTH ZONE
The hotter/drier weather conditions combined with dry/receptive fuels have the potential for flare ups and upslope runs along with short range spotting. The fire was more active in the north/northeast yesterday, within the Ansel Adams Wilderness, but confined by natural barriers. On the northwestern edge crews worked to put out hot spots and are planning a small backfiring operation to connect and fill in the containment line today. 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 10 days. Firefighters continued to mop up, widen the containment line and patrol the Central Camp, Whiskey Falls and southwestern corner of the fire. Helicopters were able to fly yesterday and support several areas around the fire with bucket drops.
Removal of hazardous standing dead trees continues along the primary roads within and adjacent to the fire area including the 81 and 274 Roads and Beasor Road. The structure protection group continues to work throughout the fire area including in the Johnson and Arnold Meadow areas.
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."
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 Wednesday night at 7pm via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/SierraNF/
· Damage assessments are about 98% complete.
Fresno County and Madera County:
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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
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).
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:
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:
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: 46
Hand Crews: 32
Masticators and Skidders: 17
Total Personnel: 1,837·
Air Tankers: Available as needed and conditions allow.
· Total personnel numbers are identified here are significantly lower today, this is based on a revised count and cleaning up some duplication in the tracking system. The actual numbers on the ground have had little change.
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