October 16, 2020 - The U.S. Forest Service reports smoke and air quality outlook for the San Joaquin-Yosemite areas, due to the Creek Fire.
Fire: The fire continues to remain active along the northeastern perimeter. Heavy fuels in the area combined with unseasonably high temperatures will result in intense smoke production throughout the day. For the latest Creek Fire fire information and details, go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/videos/7147/
Smoke: Overall smoke concentrations will build today as hot and dry conditions allow fire activity and smoke production to continue. Mammoth Lakes will see clean air in the morning, heavier smoke impacts building throughout the day. Heaviest smoke impacts are expected in foothills locations and areas west of the fire, including North Fork, Ponderosa Basin, Oakhurst, Wawona, and Mariposa. The Yosemite Valley will see smoke impacts increasing throughout the day from El Portal to Yosemite Village. North of the fire and high elevation locations, such as Tuolomne Meadows and Lee Vining, will see the cleanest air today. The smoke column will be visible both in the broader San Joaquin Valley and in the Great Basin. This pattern persists through tomorrow until more seasonable weather arrives.