The Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest doubled to more than 73,000 acres in size in the space of a day as several towns were evacuated on Sunday, September 6.
The fire, which began on Friday evening, had grown from 36,000 acres on the Saturday to 73,278 acres by Sunday evening. Many visitors who had flocked to the region for the Labor Day weekend were forced to evacuate as the blaze advanced.
Local media reported that around 30 structures in the small town of Big Creek, on the south-east edge of the fire, had been destroyed in the blaze.
Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig told reporters that the Creek Fire had nearly been brought under control when it first started, however in the space of a few minutes it had “exploded in size.”
This video, from the Clovis Fire Department, shows the scene in Big Creek, near Huntington Lake. Credit: Clovis Fire Department via Storyful