A wildfire that started on Friday, September 4, near California’s Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest had grown to 5,000 acres and was zero-percent contained by 1 pm on Saturday, officials said.
This timelapse satellite imagery, shared by the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, shows the blaze, dubbed by officials as the Creek Fire, spreading and plumes of smoke growing larger.
The Fresno County Sheriff said Saturday morning that all of the nearby Huntington Lake was under an evacuation order, and Shaver Lake was “completely closed.” The sheriff advised those hoping to visit Shaver Laker over Labor Day weekend to change their plans.
Multiple firefighting aircraft and 450 personnel were involved in the response, according to the US Forest Service.
The Red Cross said it was establishing temporary evacuation points at Foothill Elementary School and North Fork Elementary School for those affected by the fire. Credit: NWS Las Vegas via Storyful