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UPDATE: Creek Fire burns 244,756 acres with 18% containment, 742 structures destroyed

Posted at 9:20 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 12:09:28-04

(UPDATE SEPT. 17, 9 AM) The Creek Fire sparked on Friday, September 4, and since then is has scorched 244,756 acres with 18% containment. At least 806 structures have been damaged or destroyed, and nearly 9,500 are threatened.

Officials say 30,000 residents of Fresno County and 15,000 residents of Madera County have been evacuated.

(UPDATE SEPT. 10, 8:10 PM) The Creek Fire has scorched 175,893 acres as of Thursday night with 6% containment.

(UPDATE SEPT. 10, 2 PM) The Creek Fire has scorched 175,893 acres as of Thursday morning with 0% containment.

The fire has forced 45,000 evacuations in Fresno and Madera Counties. At least 361 structures have been damaged or destroyed, and more than 14,000 are threatened.

(UPDATE SEPT. 8, 2 PM) The Creek Fire has quickly spread to 143,929 acres on Tuesday morning with 0% containment. At least 80 structures have been destroyed, and nearly 5,300 are threatened.

The fire started near the communities of Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake but has quickly spread.

Evacuation orders are in place for Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties. The following Evacuation Orders are now in effect.

- Sycamore Road and Burrough Valley.
-Watts Valley from Maxon Road to Pittman Hill Road.
-Maxon Road to Trimmer Springs Road.

The following Evacuation Warnings in effect for the Creek Fire:
- All residents living in the Prather / Auberry areas. This includes: Auberry Rd. to Millerton Rd. and Tollhouse Rd. to Nicholas Rd. to Hwy 168.

(UPDATE 11 PM) Officials have reported one unrelated death. No more information has been released.

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Fresno, Madera and Mariposa Counties due to the Creek Fire.

According to the U.S. National Forest Service, the fire has grown to 135,523 acres with 0% containment and is threatening more than 5,000 structures.

An emergency evacuation order is in effect for the town of Madera and the entire Bass Lake area.

The evacuation extends from San Joaquin River on Powerhouse Rd. to Auberry Rd. in both directions out to Highway 168. This includes the points next to Prather and next to Cressman's General Store.

Kern County firefighters have been sent to help in fighting the flames, spreading towards the San Joaquin River and it jumped into Madera county on the other side of the river.

The fire crossed over Highway 168 in Shaver Lake and started quickly moving south.

The blaze is also threatening several Madera County communities, including North Fork.

For more information on evacuations visit this website.