October 17, 2020 - The U.S. Forest Service reports smoke and air quality outlook for the San Joaquin-Yosemite areas, due to the Creek Fire.
Fire: Northeastern and eastern portions of the fire are active, along with hot spots within the interior of the fire perimeter. Unseasonably high temperatures peak today. As the fire continues working through heavy fuels, intense smoke production is expected. For the latest Creek Fire fire information and details, go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/videos/7147/
Smoke: Smoke will continue to move up and down terrain with the upslope and down valley diurnal winds today. Mammoth Lakes will see heaviest smoke impacts with Hazardous conditions in the morning and much of the day, with some relief by late evening. Areas to the west of the perimeter will see Very Unhealthy to Unhealthy conditions, including Ponderosa Basin, North Fork, and Oakhurst. Foothills locations from Mariposa, El Portal, and Wawona down to Prather will see Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups conditions throughout the day with periods of Moderate in the later evening hours. Tomorrow, a similar diurnal wind pattern will dominate smoke trajectories with slightly lower smoke concentrations than today.