The Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest, California, had reached over 73,000 acres and was zero percent contained by the evening of September 6, Cal Fire said.
The fire began on Friday evening, near Big Creek and Huntingdon Lake in Fresno County, and grew from 36,000 acres on the Saturday to 73,278 acres by Sunday evening.
Helicopters rescued approximately 200 people who were visiting popular recreation spots nearby for Labor Day Weekend, The Fresno Bee reported.
At first, the emergency services “thought they had it pretty well handled. It was knocked down to less than an acre,” Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig told reporters. “But within a matter of really just a handful of minutes the fire exploded and was up to 300 acres,” he said.
This timelapse footage, by Ian M. Wright, shows the fire at Bass Lake. Credit: Ian M. Wright/@ianmwright86 via Storyful