About 150 people were trapped near Mammoth Pool Reservoir by The Creek Fire which ignited Friday evening and exploded in size, burning near Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, and Big Creek, according to the Madera County Sheriff. Officials warned campers to shelter in place as the only road into the Mammoth Pool Campground is compromised. The fire is 0% contained, threatening 3,000 structures and causing a harried evacuation of thousands of residents and weekend visitors. The wildfire is burning aggressively and temperatures in the area are approaching 100 degrees. A spokesman from the Forest Service had estimated that as many as 1,000 people were sheltering there and that people had been told to jump in the water, if necessary. Roughly 450 firefighters are battling the blaze along with three helicopters and three air tankers.
The California Office of Emergency Services was coordinating air and ground crew rescue. Ten people were injured. Around 9 p.m. Saturday, deputies were going door to door evacuating residents from Beasore Meadows. The Rock Creek and Fish Creek campgrounds have been evacuated. The Creek Fire is one of several new wildfires that were burning in California as of Saturday evening. Mammoth Pool Reservoir is a popular recreation site for boating and fishing. The lake is surrounded by thick pine forests. The fresh blazes come as the state, which has been dealing with weeks-long wildfires, faced record-high temperatures over the Labor Day weekend.