MADERA COUNTY – Sept. 14, 2020 – Fire activity remains active and intense in heavy fuels above the smoke layer. Under the inversion fire activity was low to moderate in all fuel types creating favorable conditions for the fire crews.
Smoke will continue to be a concern as it continues to linger in the valleys. Mid-slopes and ridges will have less smoke which is expected to lead to more active fire behavior. The prediction is for much clearer skies by Thursday. Winds will primarily be slope driven, the exception will remain near the Sierra Crest on the northeast side of the fire where stronger west to southwest winds are likely with gusts to 30 mph. Humidity will remain around 10% during the day.
Expect active to extreme fire behavior with movement towards Globe Rock, Jackass Lakes, Strawberry Mine and Cattle Mountain. Fire spread in the Central Camp, Browns Creek and Whisky Falls will be active and spotting may move fire to the west.
A number of evacuation warnings were lifted in the northwestern area of the fire including Coarsegold and Oakhurst. Some mandatory evacuations were changed to evacuation warnings. To view an interactive map of the Creek Fire evacuation for Madera and Fresno Counties open the following link: Creek Fire Evacuation Map
With more than 14,000 structures threatened and 389 destroyed the damage assessment is approximately 36% complete. These numbers will change as survey progresses.
There are 2,503 personnel on the Creek Fire with 266 engines, 66 water tenders, 18 helicopters, 29 hand crews and 70 dozers. Air tankers are shared between different incidents and used as priorities, conditions and availability dictate.