October 18, 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 remain active, as well as hot spots within the interior of the fire perimeter. If necessary, strategic firing operations to protect structures near Edison Lake may occur this evening. Additional smoke impacts are expected be minimal. For the latest Creek Fire fire information and details, go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/videos/7147/
Smoke: Mammoth Lakes will see heaviest smoke with Hazardous conditions for much of the day. Smoke will make its way to Bishop where USG conditions are expected. Areas immediately south and west of the fire will see Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups to Unhealthy concentrations today from Ponderosa Basin to Millerton. Highest levels are expected in locations nearest the fire, such as North Fork and nearby communities. Lee Vining, Tuoloune Meadows, and high elevation locations north of the fire will be the cleanest today and tomorrow. This pattern will persist through Monday; however, northern areas of the forecast region may see some relief tomorrow evening.