FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Air National Guard and Naval Air Station Lemoore have evacuated more than 140 people from Edison Lake in the Sierra National Forest early Tuesday morning according to officials from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Seven Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies, three Fresno Police officers and 142 campers and hikers were forced to shelter in place Monday after smoke conditions made evacuation from Florence Lake, Mono Hot Springs, and Edison Lake impossible, officials say. They gathered at Edison Lake to await help, which came in the form of a Blackhawk helicopter and a Chinook helicopter.
Eight trips were taken to transport the group to Fresno Yosemite International Airport deputies say.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says Sunday evening, an older gentleman arrived at Vermillion Store in Mono Hot Springs and collapsed due to a medical episode unrelated to the Creek Fire. He later died. The sheriff’s office says life-saving measures were taken, but EMS were not able to respond because of the fire.