FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Over 60 people are trapped in the Creek Fire waiting to be rescued.
Heavy smoke caused the rescue mission to be called off Monday night. The people were hiking in the area when they were trapped. Volunteers came out to make sure the hikers are fed while they await their fourth rescue attempt. They’re currently sheltering at the Vermillion Valley camping resort.
An official from the Sierra National Forest, Alex Olow, told KRON4’s James Fletcher on Tuesday morning that the hikers are safe. The Forest Service and Cal Fire have a “cautious optimism” about a method they’re trying to contain the fire with, called vegetation reduction. Olow says that creates a “buffer zone” around some of the communities.
The National Weather Service Hanford said as of 8:31 a.m., the Creek Fire was 143,929 acres. Just four hours earlier, it was over 135,000 acres.