Everything you need to know about the Creek Fire: 311,703 acres burned, 45% contained

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SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Oct. 2, 8 a.m.: The Creek Fire has scorched 311,703 acres and is 45% contained, according to a Friday morning update by Cal Fire.

One new firefighter injury was reported, bringing the total to nine. The extent of the injuries was said to be minor.

Officials said one structure was said to be destroyed, increasing the number of structures destroyed by the Creek Fire to 856.

UPDATE Oct. 1, 8:25 p.m.: The Creek Fire has spread slightly further, according to a Thursday evening update from Cal Fire.

Fire officials say the Creek Fire is up to 309,796 acres and is 44% contained.

One more structure was reported destroyed, pushing the total up to 856.

Cal Fire warns that emergency personnel continue to work in the area, and returning residents will need to be careful.

UPDATE Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m.: The Creek Fire has chared 309,033 acres and remains 44% contained, according to a Thursday morning update from Cal Fire.

Five more firefighter injuries, said to be minor, were reported by officials.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Sierra High School’s football field at 33326 Lodge Road in Tollhouse for adequate social distancing. Officials will discuss repopulation, safety and security, debris removal, rebuilding information, and available services and resources.

Attendees are asked to wear face masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The meeting will also livestreamed on Fresno County’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FresnoCountyCA.

More Evacuation Orders Lifted

Authorities announce that the evacuation orders for the following evacuation zones have been lifted:

Fresno County

Zone F9B: The south boundary is south of the intersection of Tollhouse Road and Flintridge Ave. The west boundary lies east of Big Creek and includes “Camp Keola” to the north. The north boundary contains the south shore of Huntington Lake at the end of Huntington Lodge Road. The east boundary lies about a quarter-mile west of Camp Kern.

Zone F9C: The west boundary lies west of Camp Kern. The north boundary includes the south shore of Huntington Lake. The east boundary lies west of China Peak Mountain Resort and contains “Chinese Peak” to the south.

Zone F9D: The west boundary lies west of Gold Arrow Camp. This zone contains China Peak Mountain Resort, as well as Indian Pools Trail. The north boundary contains the northeast shoreline of Huntington Lake, and includes the Huntington boat ramp launch site as well as “College Campground.” The east boundary runs east of the Rancheria Falls National Trail.

Zone F9F: This wilderness area contains the “Sand Flats” as well as the Red Mountain OHV trail. It is bordered to the west by Huntington Lake Road. The north boundary runs south of “Chinese Peak.” The east boundary lies west of “Red Mountain.”

Check out this interactive map of Creek Fire Evacuation Zones below:

UPDATE Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.: The Creek Fire has burnt 307,051 acres and is 44% contained, according to a Wednesday evening update from CalFire.

The number of structures destroyed remains at 855.

UPDATE Sept. 30, 2:15 p.m.: Authorities announce that the evacuation orders for the following evacuation zones have been lifted:

Evacuation Orders Lifted

Fresno County

Zone F5GB: Includes all tributaries of Rebel Hill Lane from 31876 Rebel Hill Lane through 31881 Rebel Hill Lane.

Zone F6B: South and west boundary is just east of the Vincent Fire Road and Bob’s Flat Trail intersection. The boundary expands to the north to include a largely undeveloped portion which includes the Vincent Fire Road, south of Burrough Mountain Road. The east boundary is about a half a mile west of Cole Spring.

Evacuation orders lifted & subject to Sierra Natl Forest closure

Zone F9E: The west boundary runs west of the intersection of Huntington Lake Road and Rock Creek Road. It also runs (Including) west of the Tamarack Sno-Park. The north boundary is a half-mile north of the intersection of Tollhouse Road and “9S69 Road”. The east boundary contains the east side of 9S69 Road.

Zone F9H: The west boundary runs west of Red Mountain. The north boundary is one mile north of Red Mountain, and extends to the east roughly a mile and a half from Red Mountain. The south boundary extends south of Foster Ridge.

Zone F11B: The south boundary begins at the fork of Kaiser Pass Road with the dirt road leading northwest to the Rattlesnake Trailhead. The west boundary lays just east of Upper Twin Lakes. The north boundary lays south of Mount Tom. The east boundary lays about a half-mile northeast of Sample Meadow Campground, and about threequarters of a mile west of Camp Sixty-One D Campground.

Zone F11C: The south boundary includes both sides of Stump Springs Road. The west boundary is the San Joaquin River. The north boundary is south of the intersection of Stump Springs Road and Camp Creek. The east boundary lays just east of the intersection of Huntington Lake Road and Stump Springs Road. The boundary ends (excludes) just west of Black Point Road, and just east of Mushroom Rock. This zone includes both Nellie Lake and Bishop of Tralee Park.

Zone F11E: South boundary consists of Stump Springs Road, north of Saddle Creek. The west boundary is the San Joaquin River. The north boundary is south of Mill Creek.

Zone F11F: Zone includes the Mount Tom Area, and moves out west to the San Joaquin River

UPDATED Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m.: Officials provided details Wednesday afternoon on the three firefighter injuries reported.

One injury was reported on the north end of the fire, said Seth Brown, Cal Fire spokesman. The exact injury was not known but it was reported to be minor.

The two other injuries were reported to be minor and occurred on the south side of the fire. One was an allergic reaction from a bee sting and the other was a leg injury suffered from falling in steep terrain.

Brown said all of the firefighters are expected to be OK.

UPDATE Sept. 30, 10 a.m.: Officials reported that the Creek Fire has burned 307,051 acres, remains 44% contained and three firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.

UPDATED Sept. 29, 8:00 a.m.: An update from Cal Fire Tuesday morning has the Creek Fire containment at 44%, while the acres burned increased to 305,240.

Authorities said the Creek Fire reported growth was 600 acres during the evening’s operational
period.

UPDATED Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.: The Creek Fire grew slightly, according to the Monday evening update, reaching 304,640 acres. Containment remains at 39%.

The number of structures destroyed remains at 855.

UPDATED Sept. 28, 7:30 a.m.: Officials reported that the Creek Fire grew to 304,604 acres following a 1,770-acre increase overnight and remains 39% contained.

Authorities said significant efforts are underway to allow repopulation including restoration of utility services and removal of other hazards, such as dangerous trees.

UPDATE Sept. 26, 1 p.m.:  Authorities announce that the evacuation orders for the following evacuation zones have been lifted:

Evacuation Orders Lifted

Fresno County

Zone F1P: The south boundary is the intersection of Peterson Road and James
Mountain Road. The west boundary is the intersection of Cressman Road and
Glenwood Lane. The north boundary is south of Wild Rose Lane and Fawn Lily Lane
(Includes properties off of Yellow Lupin Lane). The east boundary is the intersection of
Taylor Creek and Rush Creek.

Zone F2B: Includes only the east side of Tollhouse Road and its community that lays
off all of its off-shoots from Lakeview Drive and Dalton Avenue to the Shaver Lake
shoreline.

Zone F2C: Includes only the east side of Highway 168 (Huntington Lake Road). North
boundary includes Shaver Lake Watersports, just south of the “Cottages at the Point”.
South boundary includes the Central Sierra Historical Society. The east boundary
includes all off Camp Edison to the Shaver Lake shoreline.

Zone F2D: South boundary includes the north side of Dinkey Creek Road at its
intersection with Sparrow Road. The south boundary extends to include all houses and
offshoots on the north face of Sparrow Road. The west boundary includes all properties
on the east side of Highway 168. The north boundary lays south of Camp Edison. The
east boundary extends to the Shaver Lake shoreline.

Zone F2E: The south boundary begins north of the Shaver Post Office. The west
boundary contains properties on the east side of Tollhouse Road. The north boundary
contains properties on the south side of Sparrow Road and Dinkey Creek Road. The
east boundary extends to contain properties on the east side of Musick Drive from
Dinkey Creek Road.

Zone F2K: South boundary begins north of the Shaver Post Office. West boundary
extends to contain all properties on Hillcrest Road from Highway 168. The north
boundary is south of Sweet Grass Street. The east boundary consists of the properties
that lay on the west side of Highway 168.

Zone F2M: Zone contains the undeveloped area west of Tollhouse Road north of Ken’s
Market and south of the Stevens Creek Dam.

Zone F2N: Contains a largely undeveloped area along the shoreline of Shaver Lake.
Contains the north (South of “Beach Parking 3”) and east side of Shaver Lake.

Zone F2O: South boundary includes and extends south of “Beach Parking 3” West Boundary includes Steven Creek Dam and Huntington Lake Road from Shaver Point to Sierra Marina.

Zone F2P: Zone extends to contain the west side of Tollhouse Road and Rockhaven
Road, just north of the Central Sierra Historical Society.

Zone F6C: The south boundary includes the lake shore of Pine Flat Lake between Trimmer Campground to east of the Trimmer Springs Road and Sycamore 2 Road intersection. The west boundary is the east border of the Trimmer Campground. The north boundary includes the Sycamore Creek area.

Zone F6D: Contains the intersection of Trimmer Springs Road and Big Creek Road.
The south boundary is Pine Flat Lake. The west boundary is about a half a mile south
of the Trimmer Springs Road intersection with Sycamore 2 Road. The north boundary
is about a third of a mile south of Ross Creek. The east boundary is about a mile east
of the Trimmer Springs Road and Big Creek Road intersection.

Zone F6E: Contains wilderness north of Pine Flat Lake, east of Bob’s Flat Trail. South
of Soaproot Saddle Road, and west of Big Creek Road.

Zone F6F: Contains both sides of Big Creek Road south of “Cats Head Campground”
and north of Ross Creek.

Zone F6G: South Boundary is just north of the Dinkey-Trimmer Road and Ross
Crossing Road intersection. West Boundary is a half a mile west of the Big Creek Road
and Vomac Clovis Drive intersection. The north boundary is a mile north of the Nutmeg
Campground (off of Big Creek Road). East boundary contains Dinkey Trimmer Road.

Zone F6H: Contains undeveloped land that spreads out about a mile and a half in most
directions from the intersection of Bob’s Flat Road and Soaproot Saddle Road.

Zone F6I: South boundary (includes) and runs south of Soaproot Campground. The
west boundary is about half a mile west of the “Blue Canyon Work Center”. The north
boundary is about a mile south of Providence Creek Road. The east boundary is a
quarter mile west from the Duff Creek and Lost Creek transition.

Zone F6J: South boundary is just north of “McClarty Farms Yard South Avenue”. West
boundary is about a quarter mile east of the Soaproot Saddle Road and Bob’s Flat
Road intersection. North boundary is just south of the Big Creek Road and Soaproot
Saddle Road intersection.

Zone F7A: Contains both sides of Dinkey Creek Road (including) just west of Blue
Canyon Vista Observation. It follows Dinkey Creek Road to the east until just outside
Summit Meadow Campground. The north boundary is south (excluding) of the shoreline
of Shaver Lake and Fishing Club.

Zone F7B: South boundary is Bald Mountain and the south bend of Shaver Lake. The
west boundary is west of the shoreline of Shaver Lake. The north boundary contains
properties that lay south of Huntington Lake Road. The east boundary lays west of
Rock Creek Road from Tollhouse Road.

Zone F7C: South boundary consists of the north side of Highway 168, west of
Tamarack Ridge and east of Sierra Marina. The west boundary and north boundary
consist of the south side of Huntington Lake Road. This zone includes Tamarack
Mountain.

Zone F7F: The south boundary contains both sides of Dawn Road from Hunting Lake
Road as well as from Musick Peak Road. The west boundary contains Million Dollar
Road and continues to the San Joaquin River. The north boundary is a mile north of
Musick mountain. The east boundary contains the west side of Huntington Lake Road
between Sierra Marina in the south to the intersection of Huntington Lake Road and
Musick Peak Road in the north.

Zone F8A: South boundary lays north of Sawmill Flat and south of Sugarpine Hill. The
west boundary is a quarter of a mile from the Ross Crossing Road and McKinley Grove
Road intersection. The north boundary extends (includes) property north of Courtright
Reservoir. The east boundary ends east of (including) Wishon Reservoir.

Zone F8B: South boundary includes the areas both north and south of McKinley Grove
Road, and runs south of Dinkey Mountain. The boundary runs north to include Dinkey
Creek, and runs about a half mile north of Dinkey Creek Campground. The boundary
continues to the east, west of Nelson Mountain.

Zone F8C: South boundary lays north of Sycamore Springs Road. West boundary is at
the intersection of Ross Crossing Road and Trimmer Springs Road. The west
boundary continues north to contain Nutmeg Glen along Ross Crossing Road. The
north boundary ends south of Dinkey Mountain. The east boundary ends a half of a
mile east of Ross Crossing Campground.

Zone F8D: The south boundary contains both sides of Ross Crossing Road, north of
Patterson Bluffs. The west boundary is roughly a half of a mile southeast of Ross
Crossing Campground. This section contains Patterson Mountain.

Zone F8E: West boundary begins at the intersection of Blackrock Road and Vomac
Road. The north boundary runs a quarter of a mile north of the intersection of McKinley
Grove Road and Blackrock Road. The east border runs east of Granite Gorge in the
north, and runs east of Rodgers Ridge at the end of Vomac Way.

Zone F8F: The south boundary lays roughly a mile south of Black Rock Road. The
west boundary is just east of the end of Vomac Road, and west of Patterson Bluffs.
The north boundary lays south of Ross Crossing Road, and the east boundary lays at
the intersection of Blackrock Road and Vomac Road.

Zone F8G: The south boundary runs along the north side of Kings River and begins in
the west at the western outlet of Pine Flat Lake, and continues to the east past Kirch
Flat Campground. The north boundary lays south of Balch Camp.

Zone F8H: The south boundary lays north of Kirch Flat Campground. The west
boundary is at the intersection of Trimmer Springs Road and Ross Crossing Road. The
north boundary contains the areas north of Trimmer Springs Road and Sycamore
Springs Road. The east boundary is at the end of Vomac Road.

UPDATE Sept. 27, 9 a.m.:  In a Sunday morning update, officials reported that the Creek Fire overnight grew to 302,870 acres following a 10,608-acre increase and remains 39% contained.

UPDATE Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m.:  Authorities announce that the evacuation warnings and orders for the following evacuation zones have been lifted:

Evacuation Orders Lifted

Fresno County

Zone F1TE: The west boundary begins at the intersection of Acorn Road and Sugarloaf
Road. The south boundary lays north of the intersection of Sharin Woods Road and Acorn Road. The north boundary lays south (excludes) Italian Bar Road, and continues north to the San Joaquin River. The east boundary lays east of Old Railroad Grade Road.

Zone F2A: South boundary includes both sides of Dinkey Creek Road. West boundary
begins just west of the Forestry Fire Station (41640 Dinkey Creek Road). North boundary is outside (excludes) Dorabelle Campground, to the Shaver Lake shoreline (shoreline in its entirety on the south side of the lake). East boundary excludes Fishing Club Road as it leads to the shoreline, and excludes Swanson Campground off of Dinkey Creek Road.

Zone F2F: The south boundary contains the properties on both sides of Bretz Mill
Road. The west boundary consists of the east side of Tollhouse Road. The north boundary runs south of the properties off of Dinkey Creek Road, south of the Boy Scouts Campground. The east boundary contains properties on the east side of Blue Canyon Road, south of Dinkey Creek Road (Pine Ridge).

Zone F2G: The south boundary extends to the south of the Dunn Carraig campgrounds
and contains the neighborhoods south of Canyon Vista Lane and Leisure Lane from Black Oak Way and Blue Canyon Road. The west boundary contains all off-shoots of Saddleback Road. The north boundary lays south of Bretz Mill Road. The east boundary extends east of the properties that lay on the east side of Blue Canyon Road.

Zone F2H: Zone contains the undeveloped land south of Bretz Mill Road and north of
Providence Creek Road.

Zone F2JB: The West boundary is Musick Creek. This includes the neighborhoods off
of Crest Point Lane and Musick Falls Lane. The north boundary lies north of the Shaver
Lake Church of Christ. The east boundary includes the properties on the west side of
Tollhouse Road. The south boundary lays south of Crest Point Lane.

Zone F6M: Contains both sides of Bretz Mill Road, just east of its intersection of Cressmans Road. The south boundary contains properties on Providence Creek Road, to its intersection with Big Creek. The north boundary extends to include the properties off of Bretz Mill Road from Providence Creek Road.

Zone F6K: Zone contains the area south of Big Creek Road near, southeast of its
intersection with Peterson Road. The north boundary just outside properties on the
south side of Big Creek Road, and the east boundary is predominately on the west side
of Soaproot Saddle Road.

Zone F6L: Contains both sides of Big Creek Road, west of its intersection with
Peterson Road. The boundary extends to the east till just west of Bretz Mill Camp.

Zone F2I: South boundary is north of the Wild Rose Lane and Yellow Lupin Lane intersection. The west and north boundary consists of the east side of Tollhouse Road (Highway 168) to the intersection of Shaver Lake Forest Road and Cold Springs Lane. The east boundary extends to contain the properties on the east side of Cedar Ridge and Windwood Lane.

Zone F2JA: The south boundary contains properties on the north side of Highway 168
(Tollhouse Road). The west boundary contains Old Railroad Grade Bed Road. The north boundary lays north of Solitude Lane and includes the “Creekside Retreat”. Lastly, the east boundary lays east of Woodland Road, west of the properties (excluding) off of Crest Point Lane.

Zone F1L: South boundary begins north of the dead end of Old Tollhouse Road as well
as the intersection of Tollhouse Road and Burrough Mountain Road. West boundary is
Highway 168 and excludes properties off of Oak Springs Road. East boundary is the
intersection of Tollhouse Road and Shaver Springs Road. North boundary is Highway
168.

Zone F5GB: Includes all tributaries of Rebel Hill Lane from 31876 Rebel Hill Lane
through 31881 Rebel Hill Lane.

Zone F5J: The south boundary includes the north side of Sycamore Road. The west
boundary is west of the intersection of Rebel Hill Lane and Sycamore Road. The east
boundary is east of the intersection of Sycamore Road and Coyote Drive.

Zone F5K: The south boundary includes the neighborhoods on both side of High
Mountain Lane, east from its intersection with Watts Valley Road. The west boundary
includes the east side of Watts Valley Road. The north boundary includes the south
side of Sycamore Road. The east boundary is east of the intersection of Coyote Drive
and Sycamore Road.

Zone F5O: The south boundary lays south of the intersection of Bob’s Flat Trail and
Vincent Fire Road. The west boundary is east of the intersection of Sycamore Road
and Coyote Drive. The north boundary is about three-quarters of a mile from the
Vincent Fire Road and Edison Fire Trail Road intersection. The east boundary begins at
the end of both Edison Fire Trail Road and Vincent Fire Road.

Evacuation Warnings

Madera County

M12: Pines
M52: Saddleback Estates
M53: Chepo Saddle Area
M142: Sugar Pine

UPDATE Sept. 26, 8:40 a.m.: An update from Cal Fire Saturday morning placed Creek Fire containment slightly higher at 39%, while the acres burned increased to 292,172.

UPDATE Sept. 24, 9 p.m.: An update from Cal Fire Thursday placed Creek Fire containment slightly higher at 36%, while the acres burned remained at 291,426.

Once again, the number of structures threatened fell. Fire officials consider 4,576 structures to be at risk – while the number of structures destroyed remains at 855.

UPDATE Sept. 24, 7:30 a.m.: The Creek Fire is now 291,426 acres and remained 34% contained as of Thursday morning, according to authorities.

The Sierra National Forest said fire activity will be concentrated in the Whisky Falls and Central Cam, Beasore Creek, Upper Chiquito, Timber Knob, and Cora Creek. areas due to firing operations.

UPDATE Sept 23, 7 p.m.: Containment on the Creek Fire is up slightly Wednesday, increasing by 2% to 34% contained.

The number of structures threatened fell again to 5,283 – while the number of structures destroyed remains at 855.

UPDATE Sept 23, 2 p.m.: Sheriff’s Offices in both Fresno County and Madera County announced evacuation orders and warnings for the following evacuation zones have been lifted.

The Following Evacuation Orders are Reduced to Evacuation Warning:

Fresno County

Zone F1J: Southern boundary north of Lodge Road, including all of the Gibbs Ranch Road neighborhoods to the east, western boundary is Riverdale Road, and northern boundary is below the hairpin turns of Tollhouse Road.

Zone F1QA: South and west boundary consists of the west side of Highway 168. The north boundary is south of the property located at 40722 Beal Fire Road, as well as the area south of the dead-end of Bald Mountain Road. The east boundary lays east of where Beal Fire Road crosses Highway 168.

Zone F1R: South boundary is (including) 40722 Beal Fire Road. West boundary consists of the west side of Highway 168 and excludes properties off of Aunt Julia Lane. West Boundary extends to the top of the hairpin turns of Auberry Road, east of Big Sandy Rancheria. North boundary lays south of the property at 40587 Sugarloaf Road as well as south of 41168 Acorn Road. East boundary lays east of the properties located on the east side of Honey Lane, and includes properties off of Radio Lane.

Zone F1SA: South boundary includes the properties off of Bald Mountain Road. The east boundary is the intersection of Auberry Road and Alder Heights Road. This eastern boundary will include the properties west of 43385 Auberry Road (also included). The north boundary includes properties off of Cedar Springs Road as well as properties south of 41899 Pinecone Lane (included). The west boundary lays just east of the properties located on the east side of Honey Lane.

Zone F1TD: South boundary begins at the intersection of Jose Basin Road and Auberry Mission Road. The south end of this zone extends east and begins south of 40587 Sugarloaf Road. The south boundary also extends to (include) 41166 Acorn Road., as well as properties north of 41899 Pinecone Lane. The southern boundary continues to eventually end northwest of the intersection of Sharin Woods Road and Acorn Road. The west boundary begins east of 37104 Jose Basin Road. The north boundary extends to the San Joaquin River and Redinger Lake. The east boundary ends at the intersection of Acorn Road and Sugarloaf Road. As the east boundary continues north, it moves to include Italian Bar Road up to “Big Creek Powerhouse No. 3”.

The Following Evacuation Warnings are Lifted:

Fresno County

Zone F5A: South boundary lays north of Towelling Road. West boundary is the east side of Tollhouse Road between Towelling Road and Burrough Valley Road. The east perimeter extends just west of Nancy and Bonneyview Road.

Zone F5C: This zone consists of the neighborhood west of Burrough Valley Road, and north of Larkspur Road. This zone includes properties from all branches of Theresa Springs, Hitching Post, Kimberly, Nancy, and Bonneyview Roads located west of Burrough Valley Road.

Zone F5D: The south boundary consists of the north side of Watts Valley Road, beginning at its intersection with Big Springs Lane to the west, and Anderson Ranch Road to the east. The north boundary lays south of Fallen Oak Lane and Seminole Road.Zone F5E: The south boundary lays south of Seminole Road. The north boundary lays just south of Theresa Springs Road, and continues to incorporate the south side of Burrough Valley Road. The east boundary lays just east of the intersection of Burrough Valley Road and Seminole Road.

Zone F13B: South boundary contains all properties off the south extension of Big Springs Lane and ends south of the 30569 Hog Mountain Fire Road property. The west boundary is at 28151 Watts valley Road. North boundary consists of the properties on the south side of Watts Valley Road. East boundary is west of the Watts Valley Road and Maxon Road intersection.

Madera County

M21: Parcels of Paradise
M23: Manzanita Lake Area
M24: Bass Lake Annex
M25: South Shore of Bass Lake
M55: Crass Drive
M56: Dorstan Drive

SHAVER LAKE, California (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Sept 23, 9 a.m.: In a Wednesday morning update, the Creek Fire has burned 289,695 acres and remains 32% contained, according to fire officials.

Favorable winds on Tuesday allowed fire activity to increase in parts of the blaze. The fire burned back into previously burned areas on the west flank of the North Zone, while the fire’s northeast edge pushed into the backcountry.

The fire was also seen burning south of Mount Tom progressing toward Portal Forebay.

Active fire behavior is expected Wednesday near Central Camp, Timber Creek and Whisky Falls (due to planned control burns), Beasore Creek, Globe Rock, Upper Chiquito, Timber Butte, Sadler Peak and Junction Butte.

Flames may also reach Portal Forebay and continue toward the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness.

Firefighters continue to improve containment lines and protect structures still threatened by fire.

UPDATE Sept 22, 7:00 p.m.: The Tuesday evening update on the Creek Fire shows it to be 32% contained and 286,519 acres burned, according to fire officials.

The number of structures destroyed remains at 855, as do the number of structures damaged, however the number of structures threatened fell slightly to 6,723.

During the briefing, Cal Fire confirmed that the Creek Fire was the largest wildfire in California’s recorded history.

UPDATE Sept 22, 5:00 p.m.: Sheriff’s Offices in both Fresno County and Madera County announced evacuation warnings for the following evacuation zones have been lifted.

In Madera County:

  • M20 Mill Site Area
  • M32 Road 224 Area
  • M26 Bass Lake Heights
  • M36 Road 221 Area
  • M37 Teaford Subdivision
  • M38 Hidden Meadows
  • M54 Old Corral Area
  • M88 Yosemite Forks
  • M89 Sky Ranch Subdivision
  • M90 Cedar Valley

In Fresno County the western portion of the former Zone F1T has been split into sub-sections and a number of evacuation warnings were lifted.

  • Zone F1TA
  • Zone F1TB
  • Zone F1TC

However, Fresno County Zone F1TD and Zone F1TE remain under an evacuation order. The following road closures are also in effect:

  • Maxon Road at Trimmer Springs Road
  • Watts Valley Road at Sycamore Road
  • Highway 168 at Beal Fire Road
  • Lodge Road at Tollhouse Road
  • Italian Bar Road at Jose Basin Road
  • Auberry Road at Bald Mountain Road
  • Burrough North Road at Duncan Canyon Road

The evacuation map for the Creek Fire can be viewed here.

UPDATE Sept 22, 8:00 a.m.: The Creek Fire is now at 283,714 acres and is 30% contained, according to Fire officials.

Authorities said clear overnight skies allowed the fire behavior to increase, mostly resulting in a surface fire including torching, backing, flanking, and uphill runs from spot fires.

Here’s a breakdown of structures:

  • Structures Destroyed: 855
  • Structures Damaged: 71
  • Structures Threatened: 7,759

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE Sept 21, 7:20 p.m.: In an update Monday evening, officials say the Creek Fire has burned 280,425 Acres and is 30% contained.

The number of structures destroyed remains at 71, the number destroyed remains at 855, but the number threatened is down slightly to 7,759.

Fire officials say the Creek Fire exhibited active fire behavior in the north zone, including individual torching and uphill runs.

UPDATE Sept 21, 7:30 a.m.: Officials said Monday morning the Creek Fire has burned 278,368 Acres and the containment is at 27%.

Here’s a breakdown of structures:

  • Structures Destroyed: 855
  • Structures Damaged: 71
  • Structures Threatened: : 8,063

UPDATE Sept 20 7:00 p.m.: In an evening update on Saturday, fire officials say the burned acres remains the same since this morning at 278,368 acres and the containment is at 27%.

NORTH ZONE
Officials say as the weather warmed increased drying of fuels occurred resulting in increased fire
behavior. There will be smoke over the fire area for the next 72 hours, specifically in the
morning.
The fire should remain calm overnight with the Whisky Falls, East Fork Chiquito Creek,
Norris Trailhead, Bugg Creek Meadow, and Junction Butte areas expected to be the
areas experiencing light fire activity. Active fire behavior expected will be limited by the
smoke layer.

SOUTH ZONE
Officials say the activity in the light fuels occurred in wind prone areas in canyons and ridges. An
an ongoing concern is an overstory in lightly burned areas where leaves and needles are
dropping and creating a new surface fuel.

The Creek Fire will progress in the South Zone to the east of Huntington Lake around China Peak burning burn to the northeast and potentially connect with the portion of fire moving south around Mount Tom.

UPDATE Sept 20 8:15 A.M.: The Creek Fire is now 25% contained and 278,368 acres burned, according to Cal Fire Sunday morning.

Here’s a breakdown of structures:

  • Structures Destroyed: 846
  • Structures Damaged: 71
  • Structures Threatened: : 8,063

UPDATE Sept 19, 7:00 P.M.: The Creek Fire is now 25% contained and 271,938 acres burned, according to Cal Fire Saturday night.

Here’s a breakdown of structures:

  • Structures Destroyed: 842
  • Structures Damaged: 71
  • Structures Threatened: : 8,063

Note: Assessment of structures is about 92% complete.

UPDATE Sept 19, 2:30 P.M.: The western portion of zone F1T evacuation order is being reduced to warning.

The following evacuation orders are reduced to evacuation warnings:

Zone F1TB: The west boundary includes both sides of Auberry Road (excluding access
onto Jose Basin Road), east of the intersection at Comstock Lane. The boundary to the
north begins (Excludes) south of Jose Basin Road, and includes the properties of the
Big Sandy Rancheria. The boundary to the east will begin about a mile west of the
the intersection of Auberry Road and Beal Fire Road.
Zone F1TC: The south boundary of this zone begins at the intersection of Jose Basin
Road and Auberry Mission Road. The boundary extends west, just east of Mountaintop
Ranch Road. The zone continues north, to the Fresno – Madera County line at the San
Joaquin River. The east boundary lays just west of 37104 Jose Basin Road.

Exception:
The eastern portion of F1T remains under evacuation order.

The south boundary begins at the intersection of Jose Basin Road and Auberry Mission
Road. The south end of this zone extends east and begins south of 40587 Sugarloaf
Road. The south boundary also extends to (include) 41166 Acorn Road, as well as
properties north of 41899 Pinecone Lane. The southern boundary continues to just
north of the intersection of Sharin Woods Road and Acorn Road. Lastly, the southern
boundary ends (excludes) the properties that lay off of Old Railroad Grade Bed Road.
The west boundary begins east of 37104 Jose Basin Road. The north boundary
extends to the San Joaquin River and Reding Lake. The east boundary west of the intersections of Stevenson Creek with Million Dollar Road and Old Railroad Grade
Road.

Fresno County: The following road closures are in effect:

  • 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
  • Jose Basin Road east of Auberry Mission Road

Madera County: Evacuation orders for M8, M9, M10, M21, and M22 have been reduced to evacuation warnings.

Residents in the area need to be aware that there is still a potential for evacuations and need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Fire officials ask residents to monitor the situation and are prepared to take action immediately. These areas are being opened to residents only.

Douglas Ranger Station Road between Mill Site and the dead-end including spur roads such as Wild Rose Lane, Elderberry Lane, and Trails End Road. (Evacuation Zone M8)

Road 274 between Road 225 and Central Camp Road. including all spur roads such as Gentle Way, Road 229A, Poison Oak Place, Mono Wind Way, Willow Canyon Drive, Gentle Way, Thunder Way, Gilpin Lane, Sierra Dawn Drive, Sunrise Ridge Road, Los Robels, Parcels of Paradise, Putney Place, and Shinn Cabin Lane. (Evacuation Zones M9, M10, M21, and M22)

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UPDATE Sept 18, 12:30 P.M.: 250 Marines and sailors will assist with wildfire suppression efforts.

The Marine unit, the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine
Expeditionary Force, from Camp Pendleton, California, received wildland firefighting training this
week in preparation for their deployment.

U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Fire and Aviation management leadership will meet with and welcome Command and Support Staff at the ICP Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

UPDATE Sept 18, 8:45 A.M.: In a Saturday morning update, fire officials said the Creek Fire remained at 248,256 acres and is 22% contained.

NORTH ZONE

The weather is expected to be calm the next several days with traditional terrain driven winds, officials said. Upslope winds could be gusty in the canyons depending on smoke, with gusts 15 to 20 mph.

Fire activity will increase with warming and drying weather in the coming days, but will be moderate.

Activity was low overnight in the Whisky Falls, Browns Meadow, Upper Chiquito, Green Mountain and Sheep Crossing areas, with Whisky Falls and Browns Meadow having the most active fire.

SOUTH ZONE

Temperatures are expected to rise, while humidity will lower as more terrain-driven wind is expected.

Fire activity will be moderated with higher humidity levels, officials said. Heavier fules, especially in wind-prone areas, will be where the most active fire activity could be seen.

Any fire growth is expected to be minimal.

Areas expecting growth include the area to the east of Huntington Lake around China Peak, potentially connecting with the portion of fire moving south around Mount Tom.

Officials said progress will slow as flames reach higher elevation areas with less vegetation.

SHAVER LAKE, California (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Sept 18, 7:00 P.M.: In an evening update on Friday evening, fire officials say the Creek Fire has burned 248,256 acres and is at 22% containment.

NORTH ZONE
Fire officials say showers occurred far north end of the fire with no more than 1/3 of an
inch of precipitation, which elevated relative humidity (RH).

Winds were gusty Friday but subside overnight leading to mild fire conditions Saturday. Temperatures are expected to be 50-60 F and minimum RH of 55-65 in the lower elevations of the zone.

Fire officials say the fire was active and it displayed minimal behavior around Browns Meadow,
Whiskey falls, Globe Rock, Strawberry mine, Green Mountain, Junction Butte.

SOUTH ZONE
In the south zone, fire officials say the fire behavior was reduced Friday due to light rain overnight and higher humidity during the day.

The fire continued to back and flank in the heavy fuels at the higher elevations while lighter fuels were not receptive to ignition.

A concern remains is a large amount of unburned fuel and it continues to actively burn in the right conditions, according to fire officials.

UPDATE Sept 18, 3:15 P.M.: Fresno County’s Health Officer on Friday declared a local health emergency due to hazardous waste created by the Creek Fire.

Debris and ash from the 685 homes and five businesses destroyed in the blaze can contain hazardous substances, said Dr. Raise Vohra, the county’s Interim Health Officer. This includes building materials such as siding, roofing tiles, insulation, or household items such as paint, gasoline, cleaning products, pesticides, compressed gas cylinders, and chemicals that can result in dangerous ash that contains asbestos, heavy metals, and other hazardous materials.

The hazardous waste can cause or significantly contribute to an increase in deaths or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, health officials stressed. “Such waste is a threat to public health.”

Hazardous debris that remains after a wildfire can expose residents to toxic materials.

Improper transport of fire debris can create “dangerous health impacts” to workers removing the debris, Vohra said. The debris can threaten water supplies and harmful material can spread throughout the community at large.

The declaration lasts for no longer than seven days unless it is ratified by the county Board of Supervisors.

SHAVER LAKE, California (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Sept 18, 2:15 P.M.: Officials said on Friday that more evacuation orders in Fresno and Madera counties, due to the Creek Fire, have been reduced to warnings, while some warnings have also been lifted.

The Following Evacuation Orders are Reduced to Evacuation Warning:

Fresno County

Zone F5B: The south boundary is Burrough Valley Road between Tollhouse Road to
the west and Burrough North Road to the east. The zone extends northeast and ends
just south of Hidden Hollow Lane. The west boundary consists of the east side of
Tollhouse Road
Zone F5C: This zone consists of the neighborhood west of Burrough Valley Road, and
north of Larkspur Road. This zone includes properties from all branches of Theresa
Springs, Hitching Post, Kimberly, Nancy, and Bonneyview Roads located west of
Burrough Valley Road.
Zone F5E: The south boundary lays south of Seminole Road. The north boundary lays
just south of Theresa Springs Road and continues to incorporate the south side of
Burrough Valley Road. The east boundary lays just east of the intersection of Burrough
Valley Road and Seminole Road.
Zone F5F: The south boundary consists of both sides of Sandpiper Road. The west
boundary is Burrough Valley Road and continues north to its intersection with Burrough
North Road. The north and east boundary consists of the south side of Burrough North
Road and ends at its intersection with Spence Lane.
Zone F5H: The south boundary is the north side of Burrough Valley Road in between
its intersection at Sandpiper Road and Sycamore Road. The north boundary consists of
the south side of Burrough North Road. The east boundary is west of the intersection of
Burrough Valley Road and Sycamore Road.

Zone F5I: The south boundary lays just south of the ends of Fallen Oak Road and
Fallen Oak Lane. The west boundary is just west of the intersection of Burrough Valley
Road and Fallen Oak lane. The north boundary includes the south side of Burrough
Valley Road. The east boundary begins at the intersection of Watts Valley Road and
Sycamore Road.
WESTERN PORTION OF ZONE F5G EVACUATION ORDER IS REDUCED TO
WARNING

Zone F5GA: North of Burrough North Road, east of Tollhouse Road, south of the
intersection of Tollhouse Road and Lodge Road, west of Duncan Canyon Road
including all tertiary roads.
Exception:
The eastern portion of F5G (which is displayed on the map as Zone F5GB)
remains under Evacuation Order. All tributaries of Rebel Hill Lane from 31876 Rebel
Hill Lane through 31881Rebel Hill Lane.

Madera County

Zone M7: Cascadel Road between Peckinpah Acres Drive and end of the subdivision including all spur roads such as Cascadel Heights Drive, GR Trestle Court, Loma Linda Drive, Loma Linda Lane, Vista Drive West, Hillside Road, Cascadel Drive, Cascadel Lane, Cascadel Drive North, Cascadel Drive South and Waterfall Way.

The Following Evacuation Warnings are Lifted:

Fresno County

Zone F3A: South Boundary lays north of Tollhouse Road. West Boundary extends to
contain the properties on Van Vleet from the west side of Tollhouse Road. The north
boundary is south of the intersection of Tollhouse Road and Lodge Road. The east
boundary contains the properties west of Tollhouse Road.
Zone F3B: South Side of Lodge Road., in between the east of Wintermute Lane and
west of the Tollhouse/Lodge Intersection
Zone F3C: Includes both sides of Black Mountain Road South of Lodge Road (between
Sierra Hills Baptist Church and Wintermute Lane
Zone F3D: North side of Tollhouse Road, east of Loper Valley Road, West of Pittman
Hill Road.

SHAVER LAKE, California (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Sept 18, 8 A.M.: In a Friday morning update, officials reported that Creek Fire has burned 248,256 acres and remains 20% contained.

“Active” fire behavior was seen in the remote areas of the fire’s northern flank. The blaze moved north toward Madera Creek, Jackass Lakes and the Mammoth Trailhead.

The fire’s west flank experienced active fire in the morning hours.

In some parts of the fire, “single tree torching,” where whole trees ignited in flames from bottom to top, was observed.

Slower spreading fire was seen on the southeast portion, while fire continued to smolder around structures in the southwest portion, near Tollhouse.

Officials reported that despite a change in the weather, with higher humidity and potential for some rain, the Creek Fire will continue to burn.

Fire activity is expected in Browns Meadow, Browns Creek, Gordon Meadow, Muggler Creek, Chiquito Campground and Granite Creek.

Activity is also expected near Huntington Lake and near Mount Tom.

SHAVER LAKE, California (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Sept 17, 7:30 P.M.: In an evening update on Thursday, fire officials reported that Creek Fire has burned 246,756 acres and is now at 20% containment.

Fire officials also reported there is 8,561 threatened structures, 783 destroyed structures and 67 damaged structures.

In Fresno County, officials say there is an increase in containment resulted in the elimination of some evacuation warnings in the southwestern area of the fire in the communities of Lower Auberry and New Auberry, and the reduction of two zones from an order to an evacuation warning.

The fire was actively burning on multiple portions of the fire, with group
torching and runs, mostly occurring on the eastern portion of the fire near Huntington
Lake in the Mount Tom area.

During the afternoon, the fire behavior decreased with only short runs resulting to large portions of unburned fuel inside the burn perimeter. Due to a heavy fuel load, the fire will smolder as fire personnel mopup this area, according to fire officials.

While in Madera County, Fire officials say there was short range spotting observed on the northwest, north, and northeast portions of the fire. The most affected areas
of fire are in Browns Meadow, Globe Rock, Jackass Meadow, Clover Meadow, Granite
Creek.

UPDATE Sept. 17, 2:00 P.M.: Fire officials announced Thursday that some evacuation orders in Fresno and Madera counties, due to the Creek Fire, have been reduced to warnings, while some warnings have also been lifted.

The Following Evacuation Orders are Reduced to Evacuation Warning:

Fresno County

Zone F1A: North of Lodge Road east of Highway 168 and east to the west side of
Riverdale Road.
Zone F5A: South boundary lays north of Towelling Road. West boundary is the east
side of Tollhouse Road between Towelling Road and Burrough Valley Road. The east
perimeter extends just west of Nancy Road and Bonneyview Road.

Madera County

Italian Bar Road between Road 225 and Madera/Fresno County Line including all spur roads such as Road 235, Tooth Acres Way, Redinger Way, Italian Bar Road, Happy Oaks Lane, Old Oaks Court, Whiskey Trail. There will be no access into Fresno County on Italian Bar Road.

The Following Evacuation Warnings are Lifted:

Fresno County

Zone F1B: East of SJ & E Road (south of Ponderosa Market, 33246 Auberry Road),
North of Lodge Road, and west of the intersection of Highway 168 and Qualls Prather
Road.
Zone F1C: North of Lodge Road in between the east side of Auberry Road and the
west side of SJ & E Road. Northern boundary includes both sides of Rockhill Lane as
well as Old Creek Road.
Zone F1D: East side of Auberry Road, North of Rock Hill Lane. The west side of SJ &
E Road is the eastern boundary north of Old Creek Road. The northern boundary is the
intersection of Auberry Road and SJ & E Road.
Zone F1E: The western boundary is east of the houses located on the east side of
Little Sandy Road. The southern boundary is Lodge Road at its intersection with Little Sandy Road. The eastern boundary consists of the west side of Auberry Road. The northern boundary consists of the south side of Frazier Road.

Zone F1F: The west boundary is the San Joaquin River, in between the Power Station
tunnel to the south and just south of Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh Trailhead in the north. The
south boundary consists of the northern side of Frazier Road. The east boundary
consists of the west side of Auberry Road (in between the intersection of Auberry Road
and Frazier Road to the south, and Stonehouse Tavern, 33071 Auberry Road) to the
north. The northern boundary begins just north of the Red Hawk Ranch, 33477
Cottontail Lane.
Zone F1G: South boundary begins just north of Red Hawk Ranch, 33477 Cottontail
Lane. Additionally, the southern boundary begins at Auberry Road just north of
Stonehouse Tavern, 33071 Auberry Road. The east boundary consists of the west side
of Powerhouse Road. The north boundary consists of the south side of Smalley Road.
Lastly, the west boundary consists of the San Joaquin River.
Zone F1H: West boundary consists of the east side of Powerhouse Road. The north
boundary is just north of Wish I Ah Road. The east boundary includes both sides of
Comstock Lane.
Zone F1I: South boundary is the north side of Smalley Road. East boundary consists of
the west side of Powerhouse Road until north of Wish I Ah Road, where both sides of
Powerhouse Road are included. Both the north and west boundaries are the San
Joaquin River.
Zone F3M: Area surrounding Little Sandy Road north west of the intersection of
Highway 168 and Little Sandy Road. This zone begins north of Highway 168 and
extends west towards the Wellbarn Trail and county line.
Zone F3N: Uninhabited land east of the San Joaquin River, contains the Wellbarn
Road Trail and Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.
Zone F3O: Both sides of Wellbarn Avenue north of Hurley Avenue, south of the
Wellbarn Gate (Trailhead), east to the roundabout in Prather.

Madera County

  • M13 Carmen Ranch Road
  • M14 Ciatana Creek Road
  • M27 Wyle Ranch Road
  • M28 Road 224 Area
  • M34 Road 200 and Road 221 Area
  • M35 Road 221 and Road 226 Area
  • M42 O’Neals
  • M43 Walker Grade

SHAVER LAKE, California (KSEE/KGPE) — UPDATE Sept. 16, 7:00 P.M.: In an evening update on Wednesday fire officials say the Creek Fire has burned 228,025 acres and is at 18% containment.

Fire officials said 9,743 structures are threatened due to the fire, 742 have been destroyed and 61 have been damaged while damage assessment is approximately 57% complete.

In Fresno County, fire officials say weather is expected to transition over the next two days and bring clearer skies, warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity. These conditions will lead to an increase of fire activity during the day and night periods.

Firefighters will be focused on strengthening and holding containment lines around communities and key areas that have the potential to burn toward developed areas.

Official say perimeter control in Cherry Valley and Blue Canyon on the southeast side of the fire is a
priority. Construction and improving containment lines bottom of Blue Canyon and mopping the area up with hose lines extended to the line. This will provide protection for Shaver Lake and nearby communities.

In Madera County, the fire will be active through the night in the Gaggs Campground, Chiquito
Creek and Portuguese Viewpoint areas. It will also be active around Central Camp, South
Fork Bluffs.

Smoke was present across the area Wednesday but lessened with slightly stronger winds aloft
and will further decrease Thursday and Friday as winds aloft increase with a cold front, according to fire officials.

UPDATE Sept. 16, 2 P.M.: Evacuation orders in zones M3, M5, M6, M19, M20, and M31 have been reduced to evacuation warnings, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

The areas affected include Road 225 between Road 274 and just past Italian Bar Road including spur road such as Road 230, Wakova Lane, Koso Nobe Road, Hancock Way, Mission Drive, Tu Nobi Way, Poy Ah Now Road, Rainbow Drive, Lark Lane, and Tera Tera Ranch Road.

The Sheriff’s Office advised residents that they need to be aware that there is still a potential for evacuations and need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Evacuation warnings for zones M39 Galt Basin, M41 Wyle Ranch, M57 House Ranch Road, M95 Three Gate Road, and M96 Long Gold Road have been lifted.

UPDATE Sept. 16, 11 A.M.: Due to the Creek Fire, numerous post offices in the area were forced to close. The Postal Service said customers are being directed to nearby post offices for mail pickup. Customers must provide identification to get their mail.

Customers affected by the following closure are directed to go to the Madera Post Office, 201 S. D St., Madera, CA 93638, to pick up their mail. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

  • Big Creek Post Office, 55083 Point Road, Big Creek, CA 93605
  • Lakeshore Post Office, 62804 Huntington Lake Road, Lakeshore, CA 93634
  • Shaver Lake Post Office, 40677 Shaver Forest Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664
  • Tollhouse Post Office, 28425 Gibbs Ranch Road, Tollhouse, CA 93667
  • Auberry Post Office, 33012 Auberry Road, Auberry, CA 93602

Customers affected by the following closure are directed to go to the Ahwahnee Post Office, 44878 Notre Dame Lane, Ahwahnee, CA 93601, to pick up their mail. Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

  • Bass Lake Post Office, 54449 Road 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

UPDATE Sept. 16, 8:45 A.M.: The Creek Fire remains at 220,025 and is 18% contained, according to Cal Fire Tuesday night.

Here’s a breakdown of structures:

  • Structures Destroyed: 650
  • Structures Damaged: 52
  • Structures Threatened: : 9,934

Note: Assessment of structures is about 55% complete.

Check out this interactive map of Creek Fire Evacuation Zones below:

UPDATE Sept. 15, 4:30 P.M.: Some evacuation orders reduced to warnings and evacuation warnings lifted for Creek Fire.

The following evacuation orders were reduced to evacuation warning in Fresno County:

Zone F1B: East of SJ & E Road (south of Ponderosa Market, 33246 Auberry Road),
North of Lodge Road, and west of the intersection of Highway 168 and Qualls Prather
Road.

Zone F1C: North of Lodge Road in between the east side of Auberry Road and the
west side of SJ & E Road. Northern boundary includes both sides of Rockhill Lane as
well as Old Creek Road.

Zone F1D: East side of Auberry Road, North of Rock Hill Lane. The west side of SJ &
E Road is the eastern boundary north of Old Creek Road. The northern boundary is the
intersection of Auberry Road and SJ & E Road.

Zone F1E: The western boundary is east of the houses located on the east side of
Little Sandy Road. The southern boundary is Lodge Road at its intersection with Little
Sandy Road. The eastern boundary consists of the west side of Auberry Road. The
northern boundary consists of the south side of Frazier Road.

Zone F1F: The west boundary is the San Joaquin River, in between the Power Station
tunnel to the south and just south of Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh Trailhead in the north. The
south boundary consists of the northern side of Frazier Road. The east boundary
consists of the west side of Auberry Road (in between the intersection of Auberry Road
and Frazier Road to the south, and Stonehouse Tavern, 33071 Auberry Road) to the
north. The northern boundary begins just north of the Red Hawk Ranch (33477
Cottontail Lane).

Zone F1G: South boundary begins just north of Red Hawk Ranch (33477 Cottontail
Lane). Additionally, the southern boundary begins at Auberry Road just north of
Stonehouse Tavern (33071 Auberry Road). The east boundary consists of the west
side of Powerhouse Road. The north boundary consists of the south side of Smalley
Road. Lastly, the west boundary consists of the San Joaquin River.

Zone F1H: West boundary consists of the east side of Powerhouse Road. The north
boundary is just north of Wish I Ah Road. The east boundary includes both sides of
Comstock Lane

Zone F1I: South Boundary is the north side of Smalley Road. East boundary consists
of the west side of Powerhouse Road until north of Wish I Ah Road, where both sides
of Powerhouse Road are included. Both the north and west boundaries are the San
Joaquin River.

Zone F1TA: The west boundary begins to the south at Ponderosa Market and includes
properties on the east side of Auberry Road to Old Auberry Road. The boundary then
follows to (include) properties on the east side of Old Auberry Road, till it re-intersects
with Auberry Road. This will continue till just east of the intersection of Comstock Lane
and Auberry Road. This zone will not include Jose Basin Road or continued east
access on Auberry Road. The south boundary lays south of the properties off of UppityUppity Road, and extends east, until the exclusion of the properties near west of
Auberry Road

Zone F3M: Area surrounding Little Sandy Road northwest of the intersection of
Highway 168 and Little Sandy Road. This zone begins north of Highway 168 and
extends west towards the Wellbarn Trail and county line.

Zone F3N: Uninhabited land east of the San Joaquin River, contains the Wellbarn
Road Trail and Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

Zone F3O: Both sides of Wellbarn Avenue north of Hurley Avenue, south of the
Wellbarn Gate (Trailhead), east to the roundabout in Prather.

The following evacuation warnings are lifted in Fresno County:

Zone F3E: South of Lodge Road beginning in the west from the intersection of Lodge
Road and Auberry Road, to the east at the Sierra Hills Baptist Church. South boundary
includes both sides of Pennyroyal Lane between Black Mountain Road and Gooseberry
Lane.

Zone F3F: East side of Morgan Canyon Road, beginning at the south at the
intersection of Gooseberry Lane and Morgan Canyon Road. Northern boundary is
Highway 168 east of the Roundabout to the Auberry Road and Lodge Road
intersection. Eastern boundary is the Gooseberry Lane and Pennyroyal Lane Fork
(leads to Black Mountain Road), Southern boundary does not include neighborhoods
south of Gooseberry Lane from Pennyroyal Lane.

Zone F3G: Includes east side of Morgan Canyon Road, north of Millerton Road cross
of Highway168 cross of Nicholas Road, south of the Goosebery Lane and Morgan
Canyon intersection, west of the intersection of Tollhouse Road and Nicholas Road.

Zone F3H: West side of Highway 168 and Morgan Canyon Road (Includes all western
Spurs/off-shoots), beginning from the south at Skylan Lane, south of the roundabout in
Prather.

Zone F3I: Both sides of Auberry Road, beginning to the west at Wellbarn Road, and to
the east at the roundabout. Northern boundary (on the west side) is Wellbarn Road and
Canal Road. Northern boundary (on the east side) is the Sierra Unified District Office
(29143 Auberry Road)

Zone F3J: North side of Old Millerton Road, beginning east of the intersection of
Millerton Road and Auberry Road, west of Morgan Canyon Road includes the west side
of Morgan Canyon Road, from Old Millerton, south of Basilwood Lane.

Zone F3K: East side of Auberry Road, starting in the south at Old Millerton Road.
Northern boundary is south of the Auberry Road and Wellbarn Road intersection,
includes all south and east spurs of Auberry Road up until the Auberry Road and
Wellbarn Road intersection.

Zone F3L: West Side of Auberry Road, north from Old Millerton Road, west of
Wellbarn Road.

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UPDATE Sept. 15, 8:45 A.M.: The Creek Fire has grown to 220,025 and is 16% contained, according to Cal Fire Tuesday morning.

Cal Fire said temperatures cooled, but relative humidity recovery was poor overnight. The fire burned actively making uphill runs and torching trees. The fire progressed to the northeast in the San Joaquin River drainage.

Here’s a breakdown of structures:

  • Structures Destroyed: 555
  • Structures Damaged: 47
  • Structures Threatened: 11,256

Note: Assessment of structures is about 46% complete.

No firefighters or residents have been killed in the Creek Fire as of this update.

UPDATE Sept. 14, 8:15 P.M.: According to Cal Fire, the Creek fire sits at 212,744 acres burned and is now 16% contained.

UPDATE Sept. 14, 3:15 P.M.: Evacuation warnings for zones M49 Road 422, M50 John West, and M51 Upper Road 426 have been lifted. Meanwhile, the evacuation order for zone M52 has been reduced to an evacuation warning.

“Residents in the area need to be aware that there is still a potential for evacuations and need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Citizens need to monitor the situation and be prepared to take action immediately.”

The evacuation map is available at this link.


UPDATE Sept 14, 2:20 P.M.: Evacuation orders have now been reduced to evacuation warnings in these zones:

Zone F5L: The south boundary is Maxon Road. The west boundary is the end of the
properties that lay on the west side of Watts Valley Road. The north boundary is the
intersection of Watts Valley Road and Sycamore Road. The north boundary proceeds
to the east to include the south side of Watts Valley Road. The east boundary is
northwest of the intersection of Watts Valley Road and Maxon Road.

Zone F5M: The south boundary includes the north side of Watts Valley Road. The west
boundary is the east side of Anderson Ranch Road. The north boundary is the property
at the end of Anderson Ranch Road. The east boundary lays just west of the properties
off of Watts Valley Road.

Zone F5N: The south boundary includes the north side of Maxon Road for half a mile
east of its intersection with Watts Valley Road. The west boundary includes the east
side of Watts Valley Road. The north perimeter lays south of the properties on the
south side of High Mountain Lane.

Zone F6A: The south boundary is at the north side of Trimmer Campground. The west
boundary includes the east side of Maxon Road and ends east of Vincent Fire Road.

Zone F13C: South boundary contains the properties south of Maxon Road south of
Vincent Fire Road. The west boundary extends out to the east of the properties that lay
on the east side of the Watts Valley Road and Maxon Road intersection. The north
boundary contains properties on the south side of Maxon Road. The east boundary
consists of the properties on the south side of Maxon Road about a half a mile west of
the “Trimmer Work Center”.

Zone F13D: South boundary consists of Trimmer Springs Road, about three quarters of
a mile south of the “Trimmer Recreation Area”. The west boundary extends about a half
a mile west of the “Trimmer Work Center”. The north boundary is north of Watts Creek.
The east boundary contains properties on the west side of Maxon Road, west of
Trimmer Springs Road.

Zone F13E: The south and west boundary consists of the east side of Maxon Road.
The north boundary is just south of the intersection of Vincent Fire Road and Bob’s Flat
Trail. The east boundary extends to contain properties that lay on the east side of
Vincent Fire Road.


UPDATE Sept 14, 7:43 A.M.: According to Cal Fire, the creek fire has burned 212,744 acres and is 10% contained.

UPDATE Sept 13, 4:15 P.M.: Evacuation orders due to the Creek Fire have been partially reduced to evacuation warnings for areas of Madera County Sunday afternoon, according to Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials warn that there is still a potential for evacuations and should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The areas that have been lifted from evacuation orders to evacuation warnings are the following:

-Road 222 between Road 274 and Bass Lake Dam including all spur roads such as Saddleback Road and Emory Lane (Evacuation Zone M25).

-Road 222 between Road 226 and Road 225 including all spur roads such as Way Up Way (Evacuation Zones M32 and M31).

-Road 223 between Road 426 and Road 221 and all spur roads such as Woodland Pond Trail, Smiley Meadows Court, Pinchot Drive, Pine Oak, Smiley Mountain Road, Northridge Road, Church Ranch Road, Taylor Ridge Road, Timberview Road, Finegold Creek Drive, Teaford Poyah, Woaka Poyah, and Hidden Meadows Road (Evacuation Zones M38, M47, M37, M46).

-Road 221 from Road 222 to Road 200 and all spur roads such as Oak Leaf Way, Munson Lane, and Shady Oaks Drive, Kowana Lane, Pahuma Way, Nielsen Road, Quail Flats Drive, Sunridge Drive, and Klette’s Pride Way (Evacuation Zones M26, M35).

-Road 226 between Road 221 and Road 222 and all spur roads such as Bishop Park Place, Deer Springs Lane, Walker Ranch Road, and Keller Road (Evacuation Zones M26, M23, M32).

-Road 224 between Road 226 and Road 200 and all spur roads such as Horn Road, Mountain Springs Road, Priest Road, Wilcox Drive, Wild Plum Lane, and Quail Hollow Court (Evacuation Zones M28 and M29).

-Road 200 between Road 221 and Road 222 and all spur roads such as Wild Plum Lane, Tahoot Drive, Maranatha Drive, Golden Acorn Court, Ellis Way, Rocky Road, and Cougar Springs Trail (Evacuation Zones M27, M28, M29, and M35).

-Road 225 between Road 222 and Road 274 including all spur roads such as Amber Lane, Willow Creek Drive, Weatherly Lane, and Buckhorn Court (Evacuation Zone M30).

Creek Fire Evacuation Zones

UPDATE Sept. 13, 11:00 A.M.: Evacuation warnings were lifted Sunday morning for portions of Madera County, that include the general Highway 41 corridor between Road 200 and Bass Lake Road, known as Road 222, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

The zones, M58 to M87 were changed to green on the Creek Fire evacuation map. All other Madera County evacuation orders and evacuation warnings remain in effect.

Officials urge the public to remember that there remains a large amount of traffic related to the fire in the area. The public is asked to drive carefully and watch for fire suppression equipment work in the area.

You can view the map here:

UPDATE Sept. 13, 7:00 A.M.: The Creek Fire has grown to 201,908 acres and is 8% contained as of Sunday morning.

Situation in Fresno County

Thick smoke continued to cover the fire overnight. Temperatures cooled but humidity recovery remained low.

Firefighters expect stronger winds to develop over the fire, which will allow for less smoke cover, officials said. Winds over the highest peaks could gust up to 35 mph.

The winds will be mainly terrain-driven, continuing to move the blaze into the deep canyons. Affected communities will be Auberry, Shaver Lake, Old Bretz Mill. Short range carry of embers, creating new spot fires, continues to be an issue throughout the fire.

The change in conditions are expected to lead to more active fire behavior, officials said. Crews will focus on structure defense, continue patrols around structures in the burned area and perimeter control.

The windier conditions could allow the use of helicopters and air tankers. The aircraft will be used to slow the fire’s spread into the Kaiser Wilderness near Huntington Lake.

Containment lines continue to be built and strengthened in several areas, including China Peak, Cherry Valley, Blue Canyon, Auberry, Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake.

Situation in Madera County

The Creek Fire was active in Madera County on Saturday, particularly in the northwest area, where the fire moved toward the Minaret Mountains, officials said. The blaze is expected to be more active on Sunday.

Fire activity on Sunday will be dictated by the smoke layer. Fire spread was reported toward South Fork Bluffs, Central Camp, Lake Creek, Mugler Falls, Jackass Meadow and McCreary Trailhead.

Officials expect the fire to also move in the Browns Creek, Central Camp, Camino Falls, Graveyard Meadows and Piyau Dome areas.

UPDATE Sept. 12, 7:00 P.M.: In an evening update on Saturday, Fire officials reported that Creek Fire is at 196,667 acres and is 8% contained. This is the second containment progress reported since Thursday.

Fire officials also said the fire behavior remains active in the South Zone of the Creek Fire. An area south of Mammoth Pool has been spreading to the northeast toward the wilderness.

Conditions in the Auberry area are improving as firefighters build lines both directly and indirectly on the fire’s edge from the San Joaquin River east to Highway 168 in Fresno County.

While crews in Madera County continue work on the containment line, steadily moving north on the west side of the fire toward Central Camp. Dozers and hand crews construct line, while other firefighters work overnight to back-burn the area between the new line and the active fire front.

The Madera County Sheriff says they also continue to enforce evacuation notices and maintain road closures to protect the public. Damage assessments are in progress; the county will notify property owners directly as information becomes available.

UPDATE Sept. 12 1:50 p.m. Officials from Fresno County and Cal Fire have released an interactive map displaying preliminary information about damage and destroyed property from the Creek Fire.

You can view the map here.

UPDATE Sept. 12. 8:30 A.M.: In a morning update on Saturday, fire officials reported that the Creek Fire has grown to 196,667 acres and remains 6% contained.

Situation in Fresno County

Fire activity remained moderate overnight as heavy smoked continued covering the area. Winds were light in the south zone near Tollhouse and humidity remained low.

Officials said most of the fire’s growth was near Mammoth Pool and in the area near Tollhouse.

Firefighters remained concerned about the potential for spot fires in these conditions.

Winds are expected to be mainly terrain driven on Saturday, continuing to move the fire into deep canyons in the area, officials reported. Communities affected will be Auberry, Shaver Lake and Old Bretz Mill. Crews made good progress in preparing and protecting structures in Auberry and will continue to work in all of these areas, including Huntington Lake.

Fire suppression efforts are focused on structure defense, patrols near structures in the burned area and perimeter control.

Officials said crews will pay particular attention to a section of the Creek Fire that is slowly heading into Blue Canyon near Shaver Lake. Firefighters will assess conditions and make plans to address the blaze.

Damage inspection is ongoing as crews continue to validate and categorize the damaged and destroyed structures as they work around ongoing fire suppression efforts. Crews found damaged structures that were previously unreported.

Situation in Madera County

Fire crews are expecting the fire’s edge to remain in place from the San Joaquin River to Shuteye Lookout.

Moderate fire activity was reported overnight in the Central Camp, Wet Fork Chiquito Creek, Johnson Meadows, Graveyard Meadows and Balloon Dome areas.

Fire activity remained active and intense above the smoke layer.

The smoke is moderating temperatures across the burn area with temperatures cooler during the day, officials said. It is also moderating winds, keeping up-canyon winds lighter.

However, officials expect the smoke will begin to enhance winds near the Sierra Crest during afternoons beginning Saturday with stronger winds Sunday.

UPDATE Sept. 11. 7:00 P.M.: In an evening update Friday, fire officials reported 182,225 acres have burned and 6% containment progress. The containment progress remains the same since Thursday’s evening update.

Fire officials also shared no new evacuations have been placed. At least 1,811 firefighters are battling the fire.

This is the first time the fire’s growth was less than 10,000 acres since it began.

UPDATE Sept. 11, 9 A.M.: Winds are expected to ease over the Creek Fire as high pressure builds overhead. Officials said that the winds will become more terrain driven, both day and night.

Temperatures are expected to return to seasonal averages, but relative humidity will remain low.

Damage inspection is ongoing as they validate and categorize damaged and destroyed structures as fire suppression efforts allow.

From Davis Mountain near the Cold Springs Rancheria and up to the San Joaquin River, fire crews are watching for new spot fires as down-canyon winds develop. In the Shaver Lake area, officials expect a potential for the fire to spread further east and south.

As the smoke clears, aircraft will be able to be used more extensively.

The thick layer of smoke that is covering the Creek Fire continues to moderate fire activity near North Fork, officials said. Crews are taking advantage of these conditions and made progress on developing containment lines and protecting structures.

Dozers and hand crews extended containment lines from the San Joaquin River to Castle Peak near Redinger Lake. They also extended old dozer lines and roads in an attempt to keep the fire from jumping Mammoth Pool Road.

Near Cascadel Woods, crews are incorporating natural fire breaks, such as rocky outcrops and open areas in the containment lines.

A dozer line has been constructed around the Marina View community of Bass Lake and work continues north to Beasore Road near The Pines. Heavy equipment also continues work on a containment line toward Central Camp.

UPDATE Sept. 11, 8:30 A.M.: Overnight Thursday and into Friday, firefighters reported that the main fire spread of the Creek Fire was in the southeast near Tollhouse and northeast near Mammoth Pool.

The higher elevation areas with a large number of dead trees from bark beetle infestation continued to actively burn through the night, even with a slight rise in humidity.

Crews reported that the fire continued to burn “active and intense” above the smoke layer in the northern zone of the fire. Under the smoke, fire activity was low to moderate.

In the southern zone of the blaze, affecting communities in the Shaver Lake area, the fire progressed with ground-level spread and flames that had spread parallel to the wind. The fire had occasionally spread through hillsides with groups of trees being engulfed with flames.

UPDATE Sept. 10, 7:00 P.M.: In an evening update Thursday evening, Cal Fire officials say the fire is 6% contained. This is the first containment progress reported since the fire started on Friday.

Creek Fire is ranked as the number one fire in the state with resources needed to help battle the fire, according to fire officials.

Officials say there is over 1,300 personnel assisting to help battle the fire.

UPDATE Sept. 10, 3:30 P.M.: In an afternoon update, Fire officials say there is potential for the fire to spread further east and south near the vicinity of Shaver Lake.

Dozers and hand crews are extending containment line from the San Joaquin River to Castle Peak. 

Officials say fire crews are making good progress on developing containment lines and protecting structures.

UPDATE Sept. 10, 11 A.M.: In a morning update, incident command described in detail the kind of fire activity crews are facing on the fire lines of the Creek Fire.

Crews reported that activity remained “active and intense” in the fire’s northern zone above the smoke layer. Under the smoke, fire activity was low to moderate.

In the southern zone, the blaze continued to increase in activity between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday with strong down-canyon winds. The fire is actively burning with bottom to top flare-up of trees and new spot fires created ahead of the main flames by embers carried by the wind.

UPDATE Sept. 10, 10:15 A.M.: Fabiola Ramirez, a reporter for KSEE24 and CBS47, captured video of the town of Shaver Lake, showing buildings that remain standing along Highway 168 on Thursday morning.

UPDATE Sept. 10, 8 A.M.: The Creek Fire is now 175,893 acres and is 0% contained, according to Daniel Ramey, an incident spokesman.

The blaze moved southeast of Shaver Lake overnight toward Dinkey Creek, creating spot fires ahead of the mainline of flames.

Officials said they had crews deployed along Dinkey Creek Road to protect structures in the area in case the wind shifts and brings the fire toward them.

On the western flank of the Creek Fire, crews continued to protect structures in the Cascadel Woods area to the east of Bass Lake with the help of aircraft, Ramey said. Aircrews had a “very productive day” on Wednesday compared to previous days, dropping water and flame retardant, using helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Smoke is expected to continue to impact the area Thursday but officials hope it lifts, allowing aircraft to operate in the area and make more drops.

UPDATE Sept. 10, 5:30 A.M.: Cal Fire spokesman Edwin Zuniga said the fires continue to actively burn overnight. The Creek Fire has burned 166,965 acres and is 0% contained.

UPDATE Sept 9, 7:30 P.M.: In an evening update on Wednesday, fire officials say the Creek Fire has burned 166,965 acres and is 0% contained with 1,036 personnel assisting to battle the fire.

Fire officials say there have been 360 structures lost due to the fire and over 14,000 structures are threatened.

UPDATE Sept 9, 5:30 P.M.: Cal Fire and Fresno County Fire shared an evacuation zone map. The map highlights the areas that are under evacuation orders in red and evacuation warnings in yellow.

Creek Fire Evacuation Zones

UPDATE Sept. 9, 1 P.M.: All California national forests will be closed by 5 p.m. Wednesday as wildfires ravage the state from end to end.

The decision, announced by the U.S. Forest Service Wednesday morning, comes after eight of the expansive nature areas had already been closed on Monday. With 10 more closures, all 18 of the Golden State’s beloved national forests are now closed.

UPDATE Sept. 9, 11:45 A.M.: A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman have been arrested in North Fork, inside the evacuation zone, according to Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue. They were found with illegal, unregistered firearms and bomb-making materials.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is making their way to the scene.

No other information was immediately available.

UPDATE Sept. 9, 11:30 A.M.: Tim Cohee, Managing Partner of China Peak, said that “only a handful of employee housing trailers damaged so far” from the Creek Fire. He said the entire base area and the marina on Huntington Lake are unaffected as of Wednesday morning.

UPDATE Sept. 9, 10:30 A.M.: Creek Fire grows to 163,138 acres and still 0% contained. Officials say there are 360 buildings either damaged or destroyed. A total of 5,296 structures are threatened.

Fire crews reported that the blaze is five miles from Bass Lake and two miles from Central Camp, according to Alex Olow, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

In Fresno County, the fire actively burned throughout the night with short-range spreading of sparks and embers carried by the wind, causing new flames ahead of the main blaze, while also advancing at a rapid rate, said incident spokeswoman Jennifer Myslivy. The fire also had spread through the tops of trees in higher elevations.

A strong inversion is expected to continue moderate fire activity in Madera County on the west side of the fire by holding smoke over the area, providing shade and a buffer from gusty winds at higher elevations.

Crews reported making progress on constructing a containment line from the San Joaquin River northwest toward Castle Peak, Myslivy said. Dozers continued to work on reducing vegetation and burnable materials near structures in Cascadel Woods and to the north along the western fire flank.

A Red Flag Warning has been extended through 8 p.m. Wednesday, due to high temperatures, low humidity and high winds in the area — creating extreme fire conditions.

Damage inspection teams are working to evaluate structures in the burn area.

The temporary evacuation point in Madera County has been moved to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in Mariposa at 5007 Fairgrounds Road.

View detailed map of the Creek Fire here.

UPDATE Sept. 8, 5:00 P.M.: More details have been released on the evacuation of 140 people from Edison Lake in the Sierra National Forest early Tuesday morning.


UPDATE Sept. 8, 3:47 P.M.: New evacuation orders have been put into effect for the Creek Fire. They include:

  • Humphrey’s Station to Tollhouse Road
  • Humphrey’s Station to Pittman Hill Road to Sample Road

The massive Creek Fire burning in Fresno and Madera counties has grown to over 143,929 acres and is not contained at this point. Fire officials report that 65 structures have been destroyed while 5,296 are threatened.

Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesperson Tony Botti released important information you need to know about the fast-moving fire.

The following Evacuation Orders are in effect for the Creek Fire:

Shaver Lake down to Cressman Road, including Cressman Road

Big Creek

Huntington Lake

Camp Sierra

High Sierra areas, which include:  Florence Lake, Ward Lake, Portal Forebay, Edison Lake Mono Hot Springs, Kaiser, and all campgrounds.

The area west of Tollhouse, along Auberry Road west to Powerhouse Road.  

Alder Springs, Mile High, Meadow Lakes, Big Sandy, Mono Wind Casino, Jose Basin & Italian Bar.

Dinkey Creek, Wishon & Courtright Reservoirs.

Tollhouse Road at Peterson Road down to Lodge Road

Beal Fire Road

Powerhouse Road to the San Joaquin River

There are currently no Evacuation Warnings in effect for the Creek Fire.

Notice to hikers: Those hiking along the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail are not in danger of the fire.  However, we encourage hikers to make it to one of three locations in order to make it easy for first responders to account for everyone.  The following three temporary refuge areas have been established for people to go and shelter in place.  

China Peak Resort

Edison Lake

Blayney Meadow

All trails via eastern passes are still open, so hikers may also choose to exit to Hwy. 395.  Western slope exits are blocked at Hwy. 168, so take refuge at one of the refuge areas mentioned above.

Vehicle exit routes Those who are between Shaver Lake and Dinkey Creek should exit toward Pine Flat Lake via Providence Creek Road.

Those who are in the area of Dinkey Creek and Courtright / Wishon Reservoirs should exit toward Pine Flat Lake via Black Rock Road.

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