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Fast Moving Creek Fire Now More Than 45,000 Acres

UPDATE – 5:30 pm – An Evacuation Warning has been issued for Sierra Sky Ranch (Road 632) and surrounding area due to Fire. There is a potential threat to life and property. Monitor the situation and be prepared to take action immediately. Don’t wait for an evacuation order to leave if you feel threatened. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now. If you’re in need of evacuation assistance, call (559) 675-7770. If it is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

UPDATE – 5:00 pm – An Evacuation Warning has been issued for Town of North Fork and surrounding area due to Fire. There is a potential threat to life and property. Monitor the situation and be prepared to take action immediately. Don’t wait for an evacuation order to leave if you feel threatened. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now. If you’re in need of evacuation assistance, call (559) 675-7770. If it is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

UPDATE – 4:30 pm – An Evacuation Order has been issued for Central Camp due to the Creek Fire. There is an immediate threat to life. This is an evacuation order to leave now. The area is being closed to public access. Take action immediately. If you’re in need of evacuation assistance, call 9 1 1. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Oakhurst Community Center (39800 Road 425B)

UPDATE – 4:15 pm – An Evacuation Warning has been issued for Bass Lake Basin and surrounding area due to the Creek Fire. There is a potential threat to life and property. Monitor the situation and be prepared to take action immediately. Don’t wait for an evacuation order to leave if you feel threatened. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now. If you’re in need of evacuation assistance, call (559) 675-7770. If it is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

UPDATE – 4:10 pm – A Fire Advisement has been issued for the following areas: Fish Camp – This includes all areas of Fish Camp from the Mariposa County Line to the Yosemite National Park Boundaries. For areas of Fish Camp in Madera County please refer to Madera County Sheriff’s Office. This is NOT a Mandatory Evacuation, this is an advisement only of fire in the area, allowing you to prepare for a potential Evacuation Order should conditions change. Fire conditions can change at any moment so please start to prepare.

Also in Fresno County the following areas have received evacuation orders: to the area west of Tollhouse, along Auberry Road west to Powerhouse Road.  Also, Alder Springs, Mile High, Meadow Lakes, Big Sandy, Jose Basin, Italian Bar, Dinkey Creek, Wishon & Courtright Reservoirs.

UPDATE – 11:30 am – Evacuation Order for Italian Bar Rd from Road 225 to Reddinger Lake and evacuation warning for Mammoth pool trailer park to Road 233 Down Road 225.

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – The fast moving Creek Fire has now consumed over 45,000 acres in just over 38 hours with 0% containment and more than 3000 structures threatened. The fire which started near the communities of Big Creek and Huntington Lake, moved very quickly prompting evacuations in Big Creek, Huntington Lake, Camp Edison and Shaver Lake areas.

Early Saturday afternoon the fire moving north crossed the San Joaquin River into Madera County forcing evacuations for Kinsman Flat, Cascadel Woods, Fish Creek, Rock Creek and Mammoth Pool. Many campers near Wagner’s Store and Mammoth Pool Campground were forced to shelter in place and advised to take shelter in the lake if necessary. With assistance from the California Office of Emergency Services and the California Army National Guard, 207 people were safely evacuated and assessed for medical needs.

As the fire quickly moved north more and more evacuations were ordered including  Clover Meadow, surrounding campgrounds, Arnold Meadow, Minarets Work Center, Chiquito Campground, Beasore and Beasore Rd north to Clover Meadow.

Mammoth Pool Campground Courtesy of Russell D Cook

The Red Cross has set up temporary evacuation shelters at the Oakhurst Community Center 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644 and Foothill Elementary School 29147 Auberry Rd, Prather, CA 93651. The North Fork Elementary evacuation shelter is still pending. We will update as more temporary shelters are set up.

The Central CA Animal Disaster Team is aiding in animal evacuations in coordination with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services and Red Cross.  Here is information on the evacuation and sheltering of animals:

Small Companion Animal Sheltering:  Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644 .  They are following COVID-19 protocols, please wear a mask when entering the shelter and maintain social-distancing.

 

Large Animals:  Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds.  Please contact CCADT at 559-433-9663 prior to taking your animals there so rodeo ground management can be notified to meet you.

All evacuations and closures remain in effect with no estimated time frame.

The fire burned actively overnight with a crew of more than 800 and they will continue to be challenged today by steep rugged terrain, heavy fuel loading and high temperatures.

For ongoing information click on Creek Fire Update

Click here for a topo map of the burn area

The following agencies are assisting in the efforts to mange the Creek Fire/Peckinpah fire: CAL FIRE, Fresno County Fire, Fresno Sheriff, Caltrans, Southern California Edison, PG&E, Madera County Sheriff, USFS, and CHP.

 

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