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, low humidity and high winds.
The USDA Forest Service has temporarily closed several California Forests including the Sierra National Forest due to the Creek Fire. The forest is closed to any and all visitors.
There are currently 5,296 structures threatened with 82 destroyed, 60 of which are single residences.
The Creek Fire currently has about 1060 total personnel with 114 engines, 13 water tenders, 9 helicopters, 19 hand crews, 13 dozers and 167 various support personnel. Firefighting air tankers are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.
All evacuation orders in Madera County and Fresno County remain in place with no time line for lifting. Mandatory evacuations for Madera County are Bass Lake, including Wishon, Bass Lake Annex, Manzanita lake area, the town of North Fork and surrounding areas. As we are able to get more specific locations we will update.
For continual updates on the Creek Fire please use this link, Creek Fire Updates
Evacuation warnings for Madera County include Oakhurst east of Hwy. 41, O’Neals, Walker Grade, Chuckchansi, Indian Lakes, and the portion of Coarsegold east of Hwy. 41 (all areas east of Hwy. 41 from Road 200 north to El Cid Road in Oakhurst).
For road closure information in Madera County go to Madera County Sheriff Office facebook page here
Please register for evacuation alerts by signing up at the following sites:
For missing persons contact Madera County Sheriff at 559.658.2555 or Fresno County Sheriff at 559.600.3111