Creek Fire burns 380,345 acres; 70% containment

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February 07 2021 03:30 pm

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE: Nov. 1 10 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 380,845 acres and remains 70% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday morning.

UPDATE: OCT 31 11:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 380,002 acres and remains 70% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Saturday morning.

Despite the blaze being at 70% containment and minimal activity over a lot of the fire, Alaska Team Incident Commander Ed Sanford said, “there is much work to be done and firefighters must remain vigilant.”

Firefighting efforts remain focused on the uncontrolled portions of the fire on the east side just north of Edison Lake and the northeast corner around Junction Bluffs and Lilly Pond Lake along the Middle Fork San Joaquin River.

UPDATE: OCT 30 9 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 379,571 acres and is 70% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Friday morning.

Except in the north and northeast sections of the fire, where the fire continues to burn near Edison Lake and Graveyard Meadow, efforts to repair landscape damaged by fire suppression efforts continue in the rest of the burn area.

Crews continue to patrol, conduct mop up operations and remove hazard trees along roads.

Full containment is now expected on Nov. 15.

UPDATE: OCT 23 9:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire has grown to 365,714 acres and remains 61% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday morning.

UPDATE: OCT 23 9:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire has grown to 358,967 acres and remains 61% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Saturday morning.

The blaze continues to burn in very steep and inaccessible terrain in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest while producing large amounts of smoke.

Due to safety concerns, fire crews are using natural barriers and direct attack methods when its safe to do so, to stop fire movement in the area.

The Creek Fire continues to not pose a threat to Mammoth Lakes or Devil’s Postpile National Monument but a hotshot crew is in place to act if the blaze moves in an unexpected direction.

UPDATE: OCT 23 8 A.M.: The Creek Fire has held at 357,656 acres and remains 61% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Friday morning.

The blaze continues to burn in very steep and inaccessible terrain in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest while producing large amounts of smoke.

The flames are moving slowly southeast from Pincushion Mountain near Edison Lake and northwest from Vermillion Valley Resort and soon grow together, officials reported. It is also backing off the northside of Junction Bluffs toward the confluence of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and Fish Creek.

A virtual public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on the Creek Fire YouTube channel or the Sierra National Forest’s Facebook page.

UPDATE: OCT 22 9:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 357,656 acres and remains 61% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Thursday morning.

The blaze continues to burn in very steep and inaccessible terrain in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest.

Officials reported that the fire currently poses no threat to Mammoth Lakes or Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

UPDATE: OCT 20 8 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 352,339 acres and is 61% contained Cal Fire said Tuesday morning.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said they have lifted evacuation orders for the remaining eleven zones around the Creek Fire.

Cal Fire said more than 610,000 feet of hose has been removed off the fire over the past two weeks.

The fire had minimal growth overnight, Cal Fire said. They had a successful firing operation assisted in protecting the homes in and around Edison Lake.

UPDATE: OCT 19 8 A.M.: The Creek Fire continued burning overnight and has burned 350,331 acres and is 61% contained Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire said crews continue to scout out areas southwest of Mammoth Lakes to determine any fire suppression needs.

UPDATE: OCT 18, 9 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 348,085 acres and remains 60% contained, Cal Fire said Sunday morning.

UPDATE: OCT 17, 8 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 346,477 acres and remains 60% contained, Cal Fire said Saturday morning.

A total of 60 vehicles that were left behind from the beginning of the blaze will be collected in coordination with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office from Florence Lake on Saturday and Edison Lake on Sunday.

Vehicle owners who have not notified deputies yet need to contact them so they can be reunited with their vehicles.

The Sierra National Forest remains closed until Nov. 1. Officials said conditions will be reassessed pertaining to the closure.

UPDATE: OCT 16, 8:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 344,042 acres and is 60% contained, Cal Fire said Friday morning.

The Fresno County Sherriff Office said there are 60 vehicles that were left behind from
the beginning of the fire.

They will available for pickup from Florence Lake on Sat. and Edison Lake on Sun.

UPDATE: OCT 15, 9:40 P.M.: The acres burned on the Creek Fire remained at 341,722 acres, but Cal Fire says containment was up slightly at 58%.

UPDATE: OCT 15, 9:00 A.M.: The Creek Fire grew to 341,722 acres and remains 55% contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze continues to burn near Cassidy Meadows and Junction Bluffs. The weather has allowed crews to conduct control burns using a helicopter to remove heavier fuels from the fire area. Smoke is expected to continue to be seen from the area.

The information trailer is no longer located at Sierra High School. Anyone with questions regarding the Creek Fire can reach the public information hotline at 844-668-3473.

UPDATE: OCT 14, 9:00 A.M.: The Creek Fire remains at 337,655 acres and 55% containment as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Fire activity continued through the night as flames actively burn on the northeast side near Cassidy Meadows. The fire is approximately 8 miles from the Mammoth Lakes area.

Officials will hold a virtual public meeting at 7 p.m. to provide an update on efforts to battle the blaze.

UPDATE: OCT 13, 8:00 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 337,655 Acres and is 55% contained Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Southern California Edison’s Incident Management Team is asking that boat owners come and remove their boats from Huntington Lake.

Water will be lowered within the lake and all boats need to be removed prior to Oct 15.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE: OCT 11, 8:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest remains at 333,880 acres while containment went up to 55% as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.

UPDATE: OCT 10, 8:30 A.M.: The Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest has chared 333,880 acres and remains 49% contained as of Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Southern California Edison asked boat owners that still have their watercraft at Huntington Lake to remove them as water will be lowered within the lake. Boats need to be removed before Oct. 15.

Power has been restored to all Pacific Gas & Electric customers while 325 Edison customers remain in the dark.

Sierra National Forest officials plan to allow roadblock access on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for residents affected by the Creek Fire to retrieve belongings and winterize residences for the upcoming season.

The check-in will be staged at each of the roadblock access points to areas where entry is to be made for that day.

Access will be allowed by permit to the following locations:
• From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Access… McKinley Grove to Wishon to Courtright Roads.
• From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Access… Dinkey and Rock Creek areas
• From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Access… Huntington Lake and Camp Sierra areas.
• Boat pick up at Huntington Lake Boat Launch

UPDATE: OCT 9, 9 A.M.: The Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest has chared 331,966 acres and remains 49% contained as of Friday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The Creek Fire Local Assistance Center that has been located at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District since Sept. 21 will close at 6 p.m. Friday, said Jordan Scott, spokesman for Fresno County. Relief and recovery services and resources will move online.

Fresno County residents can access the recovery website here:

UPDATE: OCT 8, 7:30 P.M.: In an evening update on Thursday, Cal Fire officials say the acreage and containment remains the same from that morning’s update. Creek Fire has burned 330,899 acres and 49% containment.

Southern California Edison is also asking boat owners to remove their boats from Huntington Lake by Oct 15, due to water being lowered at the lake.

UPDATE: OCT. 8, 7:45 A.M.: The Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest increased overnight to 330,899 acres and remains 49% contained, Cal Fire said Thursday morning.

UPDATE: OCT. 7, 7:00 P.M.: In an evening update on Wednesday evening Cal Fire officials say the Creek Fire has burned 328,603 acres, and containment remains at 49%.

Officials say smoke will continue to be visible throughout the area and say weather will be seasonally changing to distinctive October temperatures.

UPDATE OCT. 6, 7 P.M.: The Creek Fire burned 328,603 acres Wednesday evening – a drop of 92 acres burned.

Containment on the Creek Fire remains at 49%, while the number of structures destroyed also remains at 856.

The Cause of the Creek Fire remains under investigation.

UPDATE OCT. 7, 11 A.M.: Fresno County adopted a temporary housing ordinance that allows the occupancy of RVs and tiny homes on properties located within the Creek Fire disaster area that were damaged or destroyed by the blaze.

In summary, the county ordinance provides for the following:

  • Occupancy of up to two self-contained (sewer, water, power) recreational vehicles or movable tiny houses (temporary dwellings) per parcel for a period of up to 180 days (six months), beginning October 6, 2020
  • Temporary dwellings proposed to be occupied beyond the initial 180-day (six months) period shall be connected to onsite water, sewer, and power
  • Location of temporary dwellings proposed to be occupied beyond the initial 180-day (six month) period shall meet all underlying zoning districts setback standards
  • Temporary dwellings proposed to be occupied beyond the initial 180-day (six month) period shall obtain a Temporary Housing Administrative Permit from the Department of Public Works and Development Services & Capital Projects Division

UPDATE OCT. 7, 10 A.M.: The Creek Fire has burned 328,595 acres and remains at 49% containment as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Officials urged everyone traveling in and out of the burn area to use caution as the fire remains “extremely active” due to unstable atmosphere in lower sections and a high probability of ignition.

UPDATE OCT. 6, 8 A.M.: Cal Fire said they had a successful firing operation that was conducted near Kaiser Pass Road.

Crews were able to tie the firing operation into the main body of the fire. The fire has burned 326,706 acres and containment is at 49%.

There will be a Fresno County Community Meeting Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. on Facebook Live.

UPDATE OCT. 5, 8 P.M.: Containment on the Creek Fire is up to 49% Monday – but acres burnt is also up by almost 700 acres.

At last check, the area burnt is 322,774 acres. The number of structures destroyed by the fire is 856.

UPDATE OCT. 5, 8 A.M.: The Creek Fire has now burned 322,089 acres as of Monday morning; containment fell to 48% from 62% due to an error in reporting, fire officials said.

The containment figure that was reported Sunday of 62% was “caused by multiple sources inputting conflicting data into the incident geo-database,” according to Cal Fire.

Effective immediately, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for the following zones around Florence Lake: F10C, F10D, F10E, F10F and F10G.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

The Creek Fire increased overnight Sunday to 315,413 acres while containment jumped to 62%, according to Cal Fire.

Firefighters reported the blaze grew 1,753 acres while utility crews work on infrastructure repairs and assessments for re-energizing portions of the affected communities.

A total of 2,048 fire personnel, consisting of 172 engines, 46 water tenders, 39 hand crews, 14 dozers, 11 helicopters, remain on the fire line. Air tankers are being shared with other fires in the area.

Evacuation Zones

Zone F9G: This zone’s west boundary is roughly a third of a mile east of China Peak Mountain Resort. The north boundary runs north of Black Butte Mountain. The south boundary is one mile north of Red mountain.

Zone F10A: South Boundary is Huntington Lake Road and Kaiser Pass road, including the Kokanee Campground and Eastwood Sno-Park. The west boundary is Potter Creek and Potter Pass. The north boundary is Kaiser Pass Road at the fork to Sample Meadow. The east boundary includes all of Kaiser Pass Road and ends at White Bark Vista.

Zone F10B: The south boundary includes both sides of Kaiser Pass Road, north of White Bark Vista. Also included within the south boundary is Mono Hot springs and Bear Ridge. The north boundary includes all of Edison Lake and ends south of Devils Bathtub. The east boundary ends at the Sierra National Forest line.

Zone F11D: This zone contains predominately wilderness that lays north of Huntington Lake. The south boundary begins near the end of the developments of Lakeshore. The west boundary lies just east of Nellie Lake. The north boundary is about one mile north of Long Lake. The east boundary is at Potter Pass as well as just west of Potter Creek to the south of this zone.

Zone F12A: This zone contains wilderness land south of Cockscomb and Pincushion Peak, north of Edison Lake.

Zone F12B: Zone contains Pincushion Peak, Cockscomb, Silver Peak, Graveyard Peak, and Double Peak East

Helpful phone numbers:

  • Fresno County Resource Call Center: 559-600-INFO
  • Fresno Humane Society lost and found animal call line: 559-600-PETS

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