A fast-growing fire in the Sierra National Forest northeast of Fresno prompted evacuations in two counties.
The Creek Fire, which was reported around 6 p.m. Friday, had grown to 36,000 acres (56 square miles) by Saturday evening, the national forest reported.
As of Saturday evening, evacuations had been ordered for:
- Camp Sierra
- Big Creek
- Huntington Lake
- Shaver Lake as far south as Littlefield Road
- Cascadel Woods
- Kinsman Flat
- Mammoth Pool
- Whisky Falls
- Clover Meadow
- Arnold Meadow
- All campgrounds off Minarets Road/Mammoth Pool Road
- All campgrounds off Beasore Road north of Grizzly Road
Highway 168 (Tollhouse Road) was closed between Cressman’s General Store and the east end of Huntington Lake.
The perimeter map released by the national forest early Saturday showed about 600 acres burned along Huntington Lake Road west of Camp Sierra.
Within hours, satellite imagery showed hot spots over an area of roughly 16,000 acres. And by the afternoon, the fire had reportedly run north along the San Joaquin River and trapped campers at Mammoth Pool Reservoir.