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Creek Fire

305,240 Acres




Active for 24 days

2 Counties

Fresno and Madera

Last Updated09/29/20 8:44 AM
Date Started09/04/20 6:21 PM
Location InformationBoth sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake
Lat/Long[37.19147, -119.261175]
Administrative UnitUnified Command: CAL FIRE FRESNO, Fresno County Sheriff and Sierra National Forest

Status Updates


Fresno County – Emergency Resources

Creek Fire Evacuation Zone Map

Creek Fire Structure Status Map

INCIWEB – Creek Fire

Wildfire Cameras

Bullfrog Fire Information

Preparing for Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire Smoke and Covid-19

Wildfire is Coming, Are You Ready?

Local Fire Resources


CHP Traffic

Caltrans Quick Maps



The reported growth on the Creek Fire was 600 acres during the evening’s operational period and the containment grew to 44%. As areas under evacuation warning and orders are repopulated residents, business owners, and others returning to the area must do so safely.

Adhering to posted speed limits, following guidance of utility providers, and following manufacturer recommendations on auxiliary equipment (e.g. generators) must be implemented for the safe return to areas where orders and warnings are being lifted. Special attention must also be given to heavy machinery and firefighting apparatus still operating in the area.

Residents should prepare for potential interruptions in utility services and follow recommendations by utility providers. Additionally, manufacturer recommendations for generator use and only using them outdoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning within enclosed spaced such as homes and businesses.


On the North Zone of the fire today, activity will continue to be moderated in the early portion of the operational period due to to early low humidity. There was slight progresson of the fire towards the northeast near Cattle Mountain. Fire activity will be present in Chetwood Creek, Norris Lake, East Fore Chiquito, and Northeast of Little Shuteye Peak, and south of Whisky Falls.

Diurnal winds and low humidity will keep the hot areas alive which could be fanned into short flare ups, especially where smoke clears off during the day. Smoke will be seen breaking through the smoke cap. Fire resources on the North Zone will remain committed to improving containment line utilizing heavy equipment and handcrews where bulldozers are unable to make access. There have also been preparations to ensure threatened structure are protected.

South Zone:

Today on the South Zone of the Creek Fire, it will continue to bring activity on the eastern portion of the zone towards the 80 Road and Potter Pass. The fire progress will slow as the fire moves into fuel type transitions into lodge pole pine from red fir.

Operationally, fire resources will perform tactical patrol near the fire perimeter mopping up hot spots and ensuring structures are prepared for defense in the event the fire approaches communities. Containment remains a priority, and handcrews will be deployed in areas where heavy equipment (i.e. bulldozers) cannot be utilized due to challenging terrain.


The significant change in weather brought downslope and downcanyon winds. The fire experienced drier air with reduced humidities and will have poorer moisture recovery in the evening. Combined with increasing temperatures through midweek, there will be increased fire behavior in all areas of the fire as fuels are able to preheat earlier in the day and hot spots will show more open flame and smoke. Stable atmospheric conditions will allow smoke from active areas of the fire within the existing perimeter to rise higher than in prior days. These may present as columns, which can shade other portions of the fire from sunlight, ultimately reducing fire intensity.

Fire resoures will be patrolling and mopping up in all areas of the fire as part of their tactical patrols and efforts to fully contain the Creek Fire. Fire resources will be patrolling and mopping up in all areas of the fire as part of their tactical patrols and efforts to fully contain the Creek Fire.

Bullfrog Fire Information

The Bullfrog Fire is burning on the Sierra National Forest but is not related to the Creek Fire. An Inciweb page has been established for the fire. To view information open the following link: Sierra National Forest Bullfrog Fire

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts:

Fresno County: Fresno County Emergency Alerts – Fresno Co. Everbridge alerts

Madera County: Madera County Emergency Warning Systems -

Mariposa County: Mariposa County Sheriff Office -

Damage Assessment Map

Damage assessments are approximately 98% complete.

An interactive damage assessment map for Fresno County and Madera County is available:

Fresno County and Madera County:

To view an interactive damage assessment map for Fresno County open the following link:: Fresno County Damage Assessment Map

Madera County: The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is contacting property owners directly.

National Forest Closures: Yosemite National Park reopened September 25, 2020. specific park information please visit National Park Service – Yosemite.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces increased access to some National Forests in California beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Nine National Forests in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, Klamath NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, Sierra NF, and Six Rivers NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily with evolving fire and weather conditions.

This decision will continue to be reviewed daily with evolving fire and weather conditions.

Nine National Forests in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, Klamath NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, Sierra NF, and Six Rivers NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily with evolving fire and weather conditions.

Nine other National Forests may open to varying degrees. Visitors should contact the following National Forests for more information on their status: Eldorado NF, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen NF, Mendocino NF, Modoc NF, Plumas NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Stanislaus NF, and the Tahoe NF. These forests will implement their own forest orders that will either limit dispersed use or provide for area closures around fires.

Conditions can change quickly. Therefore, we emphasize that all citizens heed local announcements for changes in conditions and potential evacuations.

For additional questions, please contact your National Forest.

Evacuation Map

To view an interactive map of Creek Fire evacuations for Fresno and Madera Counties open the following link:


Fresno County

Tollhouse Road at Highway 168

Tollhouse Road at Shaver Springs Road

Huntington Lake Road at Musick Peak Road

Highway 168 at South ForK Tamarack Creek

Madera County:

Cascadel Road at Autumn Ridge Way – Hard Closure, Level 2

Mammoth Road at 59701 Mammoth Road (fire line) – Hard Closure Lvel 2

Road 274 at Putney Place – Residents Only, Level 1

Douglas Ranger Station Road at Mill Site – Residents Only, Level 1

Beasore Road at Road 274 – Hard Closure, Level 2

Road 274 at Central Camp Road – Hard Closure, Level 2

Road 432 at Road 331 – Residents Only, Level 1

Road 274 at Raod 331 – Residents Only, Level 1

Road 632 at Buckskin Lane – Hard Closure, Level 2

Closure updates are listed at:

Fresno County Resources:

Fresno County:

The County of Fresno has opened a multi-agency Local Assistance Center (LAC) at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District located at 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612 to support residents impacted by the Creek Fire as part of the ongoing recovery process.

The LAC will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until further notice. This center will serve as a one-stop shop to help connect residents and property owners with assistance and resources available through a variety of state and local agencies. Available resources include, and are not limited to, critical document replacement services, social services, economic recovery and financial services, motor vehicle services, healthcare, mental health services and Red Cross.

Residents and property owners seeking in-person assistance at the LAC will be reminded to practice COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing

Additional information regarding the Creek Fire can be found at

Animal Evacuation Centers:

The Fresno Humane Society has established lost and found animal call line at (559) 600-PETS.

Fresno County

Small animals - Fresno Fairgrounds in the Commerce Building (the shelter at Granite Ridge was closed on Wednesday).

Large animals – The Fresno Fairgrounds - 1121 S Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

Please contact the Central California Animal Disaster Team (1-888-402-2238) to finalize arrangements so you can be received at the Fairgrounds.

Madera County

Residents in Madera County needing assistance with animals should call (559) 675-7892

Large Animals: Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds -44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane, Coarsegold

Large animals: Producer's Livestock Facility at Madera at Farm Bureau in Madera, CA

Damages and Losses

Confirmed Damage to Property, Injuries, and Fatalities

71 Structures Damaged

Residential, Commercial and Other

855 Structures Destroyed

Residential, Commercial and Other

Cooperators & Personnel

CAL FIRE often partners with other agencies during extended emergency incidents.

3 Agencies

Partner Federal, State and Local Agencies

3172 Personnel

Total Fire Personnel Assigned

69 Crews

Number of Crews Assigned

Contact Information

Public Information Media Line
Fresno Media Line
Madera Media Line
Incident Email

Agency Information

Fresno Sheriff
Sierra National Forest
Information Line & Media Line
(844) 668-3473

Resources Assigned

CAL FIRE owns and operates over 3,000 fire and emergency response and resource protection vehicles. In support of its ground forces, the CAL FIRE emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, 11 UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A airtactical. From 13 air attack and nine helitack bases located statewide, aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes.

12 Helicopters

287 Engines

35 Dozers

85 Water Tenders