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: 8 injuries
Expected Full Containment: 10/31/2020
Structures Threatened: 4,576
Structures Destroyed: 855·
Structures Damaged: 71·
The hot and dry pattern continues as the high pressure system remains in place. Temperatures are peaking today and tomorrow, 10 to 15 degrees above seasonal averages. Humidity remains low with minimal recovery overnight. Light terrain driven diurnal winds (upslope during the day and downslope at night) from the southwest will also continue through today.
The hotter/drier weather conditions combined with dry/receptive fuels have the potential for flare ups and upslope runs in unburned green islands within the fire interior along with short range spotting.
Fresno County: SOUTH ZONE
The Sierra National Forest will allow individuals who were evacuated from campgrounds, camping areas and cabins during the Creek Fire an opportunity to return and collect their belongings on October 3rd and 4th. Please follow this link for more information regarding the procedures and processes to gain access. Permit Holder Access/Recreation Residence
The static weather pattern will potentially support drought stressed fuels contributing to active fire behavior in all size classes. Anticipate containment challenges associated with steep terrain and increased wind speeds along the exposed higher elevations of the fire.
Containment remains a priority, and hand crews will be deployed in areas where dozers cannot be utilized due to challenging terrain.
Operationally, the Incident Command Post at Sierra High School has been relocated to the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building at 808 4th Street. With this move, public information will continue in place at Sierra High School, available to meet the needs of our community and media partners.
Madera County: NORTH ZONE
The fire continues to be active in the north, within the Ansel Adams Wilderness, but is confined by natural barriers. On the northwestern edge crews completed a successful backfiring operation connecting and filling in the containment line yesterday. Fire fighters continue to secure this edge, mopping up and increase the containment line depth. 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 11 days. South of this area has seen minimal fire activity for the last few days and has entered the patrol and monitoring phase. Helicopters were unable to fly yesterday due to the heavy smoke.
Removal of hazardous standing dead trees continues along the primary roads within and adjacent to the fire area supporting safe access into the fire area. The structure protection group continues to work throughout the fire area including in the Johnson Meadow, Arnold Meadow and Strawberry Mine areas. Today crews will be in the Portuguese Creek and Jackass Meadow areas.
The fire is still 10-12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes, little forward progression is occurring due to the natural barriers of rock and the Lions Fire (2018) burn scar. Conditions continue to be monitored very closely. Additional information is available via the Sierra National Forest Facebook page, or the following 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 impacted 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 Friday night at 7pm via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/SierraNF/
· Damage assessments are about 98% complete.
Fresno County and Madera County:
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
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:
Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Closure Order No. 20-19 which includes the Sierra National Forest at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd815381.pdf
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: 34
Masticators and Skidders: 12
Total Personnel: 1,919
Air Tankers: Available as needed and conditions allow.
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