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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/08/2020 03:25 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/08/2020 03:25 PM
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Creek Fire Continues Its March, Now 143,929 Acres, Burning Through Huntington Lake Area Today

Shaver Lake, CA...Fire activity picked up overnight with highs. The fire continued to grow under extreme conditions. The Red Flag Warning for strong winds will impact the fire in the early morning, with stronger winds to come. The fire made wind driven runs and increased spotting distance. Red Flag Warning in effect until 11 pm Tuesday for high temperatures, low humidity and high winds.










 

Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 has assumed command of the North Zone of the Creek Fire today in conjunction with CalFire Incident Management Team 1 on the South Zone. The San Juaquin River (the Fresno/Madera County line) is the dividing feature between the two zones. The Creek Fire nearly doubled in size in the last 24 hours. The fire continued to grow in all directions with large increases to the south and east on Monday. Northeast to east winds are expected at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts above 50 mph. Continued extreme fire behavior is forecast, with crowning, wind- driven runs, and long-range spotting. With the forecast winds and erratic fire behavior, the Madera County Sheriff issued numerous evacuation notices and road closures near the southwestern fire front to protect the public. The hot, dry weather, high winds, and high concentrations of dead trees are all expected to continue rapid fire growth. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 11pm Tuesday; high temperatures, low humidity, and high winds will persist in the area, creating explosive fuel conditions. Firefighters and law enforcement resources are working on safely evacuating citizens. Crews and equipment operators are working long shifts in extreme heat to construct containment line and implement structure protection measures.

·Damage inspection teams are in the process of evaluating structures. These numbers will be updated as information becomes available.

·        Single Residences:                         60 Destroyed                    0 Damaged

·        Other Minor Structures:               20 Destroyed                    0 Damaged

·        Commercial Structures:                02 Destroyed                     0 Damaged

Forest Closures issued by the USDA Forest Service: US Forest Service temporarily closes Southern California Forests, including the Sierra National Forest. Regional order number 20-07 Emergency Forest Closure.

For information on how you can prepare for wildfire please visit: www.readyforwildfire.org

Please register for evacuation alerts by signing up at

Fresno County: Fresno County Sheriff Office, sign up with Everbridge. https://t.co/Otack9NyKc?amp=1

Madera County: Madera County Emergency Warning Systems: mcalert.org

Mariposa County: Mariposa County Sheriff Office, sign up with Everbridge: msoalert.com

For missing persons contact:  Fresno County Sheriff 559-600-3111

Madera County Sheriff 559-658-2555






Incident Information





Basic Information



Current as of 9/8/2020, 2:27:00 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday September 04th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Location Both sides of San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool and the communities of Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.
Incident Commander Unified Command,IC N. Truax CAL FIRE Team 1,M.Adell Great Basin Team 1,the and USFS
Coordinates 37.333 latitude, -119.444 longitude


Current Situation



Total Personnel 1,060
Size 143,929 Acres
Fuels Involved Large expanses of beetle kill, 80-90 percent of stand. Timber, Brush, Understory Litter
Significant Events Extreme, Crowning, wind driven runs Long range spotting. The fire continues to grow under extreme conditions. The fire has had strong winds with upper level winds from the northwest and variable lower level winds. The fire continued to grow in all directions with large increases to the south and east. The progression has threatened new communities in the foothills, especially with the winds predicted for today. Extreme fire behavior is still being observed with the critical fuels and weather. Evacuations and Road Closures. Hwy 168 is closed.


Outlook



Remarks The Creek Fire a fast-moving fire burning on both Districts of the Forest. The fire which started near the communities of Big Creek and Huntington Lake, moved very quickly prompting several evacuations. Early Saturday afternoon the fire crossed the San Joaquin River and made a run into the Mammoth Pool area. Prompting some members of the public to shelter in place near Wagner’s Store and Campground.

With assistance of the California Army National Guard, 207 people were safely evacuated and assessed for medical needs. The fire burned actively overnight. Crews will be challenged today by steep rugged terrain, heavy fuel loading and high temperatures. Additional resources have been ordered including a Type 1 Incident Management Team. Evacuations and closures remain in effect.


Current Weather



Weather Concerns Hot and very dry conditions will remain over the Region through Labor Day. RH will be very low, expected terrain driven winds, with temperatures overnight 70-75 degrees and day time 90-95 degrees.
Source = USFS, CAL-FIRE, Inciweb







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Posted on: 2020-09-08 15:33:56   By: Anonymous
 
Clearly this disaster was caused by Donald Trump, in order to harm black, brown, indigenous and LGBTQ people.

We need Joe and Kamala to rescue us and provide environmental justice.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-08 17:29:05   By: Anonymous
     
    Actually you partially right. Not caused by Trump, but by ALL politicians who are ignoring climate change, NOT GLOBAL WARMING, have a bit of the blame. California for the last few years has been the canary in the coal mine as far as climate change and the havoc it can reek. Well, the canary is wobbly, and just about to pass out. If politics can't grab the bull by the horns and address this situation, in the not too distant future, this orb will be uninhabitable for human beings. Fact. The earth will survive, but the way things are being handled, it won't be able to recover until the human race is eliminated from the face of it. And also the way things are being handled that situation isn't too far off. Remember how the air cleaned up AROUND THE WORLD when the pandemic lockdown was at its greatest? Think about it people.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-08 17:58:55   By: Anonymous
       
      Exactly. Global warming caused California and the feds to mismanage our forests, refuse to thin the dead tree stands, chip or burn underbrush, clear dead or dying vegetation, respond to the bark beetle devastation and caused PG&E to not maintain the vegetation surrounding their lines. Yup 100% global warmings fault.

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        Posted on: 2020-09-08 20:17:15   By: Anonymous
         
        ^^Hey moron. The poster said it isn't global warming, its climate change. You must be a politician. There's a difference a hole.

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          Posted on: 2020-09-08 21:24:10   By: Anonymous
           
          Blame the cost of the lawsuits by the spotted owl crazies. They made the cost of the Forest Service even trying to do their logging program in a competitive fashion a joke. You sued and sued, now you lose and lose.

          Think about it next time you kill an industry

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            Posted on: 2020-09-08 22:12:36   By: Anonymous
             
            You deniers just don't get it do you. Climate change has been caused mainly by man, his spewing of gases since the advent of the industrial age, and its effect on the climate. Which is 99.0% bad. Its not just warming. Its more and stronger hurricanes, its less rain and snow in the mountains of the west. Although its less rain, it can come at more intense amounts. Its the changing of habitats, the rising temperatures in western mountains, changing the way we live. It a bunch of things that deniers just keep denyiing. Meanwhile our world is slowly being killed. You don't care though. As long as your 401 is chachinging your happy. And your also voting for the POS in the White House. Thats the bottom line. And by the way, tell your grandchildren to just deal with it. They, and your great grandkids willl be the ones paying the price. Don't worry though, you won't be around. But don't get too attached to them.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-09-09 07:12:10   By: Anonymous
               
              I killed all the dinosaurs 🦕 in my past life, and carved out Yosemite valley, .....

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-09-09 13:50:04   By: Anonymous
               
              So the climate never changed until the industrial revolution?

              You may want to do some reading and educate yourself a lot more.

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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-09-09 17:56:59   By: Anonymous
                 
                Thank you Mr. Richard Head

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