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Creek Fire and High Winds Bring Significant Smoke

The Creek Fire and other wildfires around the state are causing smoke impacts to all counties of the Valley air basin.  As a result, the District is reissuing the current health caution (originally issued on August 17th), which will remain in place until the fires are extinguished. The District anticipates unhealthy air quality to affect various parts of the Valley ...

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Creek Fire Rages to More Than 144,000 Acres

NORTH FORK – Fire activity increased overnight due to the Mono wind event and extreme conditions. With red flag warnings still in effect due to high winds and extreme heat, wind driven runs and increased spotting has challenged the efforts of personnel on the front lines. The red flag warning is in effect until 11 pm Tuesday for high temperatures, ...

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BLM Temporarily Closes Recreation Area in Madera and Fresno

BAKERSFIELD — The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure of the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area in Fresno and Madera counties due to wildland fire danger. The closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. The Creek Fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior and has burned nearly ...

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Creek Fire Surges to 78,790 Acres Overnight

UPDATE – 2:45 pm – An Evacuation Order has been issued for Southside of Road 200 between Road 221 and Road 222 and all spur roads. Such as Oak Junction Lane Wyle Ranch Road, Lumburg Road and Fast Lane. Road 222 between Road 200 and the Fresno/Madera County Line and all spur roads. Such as Carmen Ranch Road, Ciatana Creek ...

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Forest Service Temporarily Closes Eleven California National Forests, Adds Prohibitions in Others

Image of a smoke-filled forest.

VALLEJO — Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety ...

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Safe and Well Registration Website

Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020 – 10:30 am – If you have safely evacuated from the #CreekFire, please consider registering yourself through the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. This public resource allows family and friends to search for you so they can have the peace of mind that you are well. https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/

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Yosemite Alert: Fire Advisory for Wawona

YOSEMITE – FIRE ADVISORY: Wawona residents and visitors should GET SET and prepare their home and family for the possibility of having to evacuate due to the Creek Fire burning on the Sierra National Forest. This incident may require evacuation in 24 hours or more if the threat increases. An evacuation warning means there is a potential threat to life ...

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Visitors to the Forest Should Always be “Bear Aware.”

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Bears are attracted to anything scented or edible (such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.) and improperly stored human or pet food and garbage are temptations bears can’t resist. Once bears gain access to food or garbage, they become less cautious of people and may exhibit bold behavior in their search ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Thunderstorms on Mt. Dana

Image of a thunderstorm on Mt. Dana.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node263. Here at 12,400′ elevation on the Mt. Dana trail, you’re only 600 feet below the summit. There is very little plant life, as you are well-above the timber line in the alpine zone. Weather here can deteriorate rapidly. On this day, the sky was completely cloudless and temperatures were in the ...

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