September 28, 2020 – The U.S. Forest Service reports smoke and air quality outlook for the San Joaquin-Yosemite areas, due to the Creek Fire.
Fire: Fire behavior is expected to be moderate to active again on the Creek Fire due to warm and dry conditions. Increased fire behavior is expected again this afternoon. For the latest Creek Fire fire information and details, go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/videos/7147/
Smoke: Smoke continues to lie in the foothill areas of the San Joaquin Valley. Heavy smoke levels are expected to persist in communities west of the fire perimeter, especially in areas between Oakhurst and Prather. Moderate smoke impacts are expected in areas that are located north / northwest of the fire (e.g., Yosemite Park) with higher smoke levels forecast starting midday and leading into tomorrow. Communities to the east, such as Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, should continue to experience good air quality today, but with the cessation of northeasterly winds smoke should drift down into those valleys and basins overnight.