The Creek Fire is the Largest Single Incident Fire in California State History, and the 4th largest fire in the state over all. The fire started on Augusta 4th and is still smoldering in places as of December 17th. It burned almost 380,000 acres in Fresno and Madera Counties to about 11 miles shy of the town Mammouth Lakes, on the East side of the range. Due to droughts and Pine Bark Beetle Infestations, we had millions upon millions of standing and fallen dead trees to fuel the fires. In some places, 40% or more of the forests were lost to beetle destruction. Now, it remains to be seen how many of those High Fuel Load Dead Trees did not burn and remain to fuel future fires.
California has 20 National Forests, and all of them were closed this Fire Season. Sierra National Forest is still closed to public use and will probably remain so until the beginning of 2021.
More than 800 structures were destroyed or damaged, which by California Fire standards is not a lot, but it needs to be remembered that these areas are very sparsely settled. With the uncontrollable fuel loads of more than 100 years of a National Policy of Fire Suppression, it produced temperatures in the 1,500 degrees range on the ground. How the trout fisheries faired in all of this destruction remains to be seen but can not be good, and this was just one of 28 or more fires we had all going on at the same time in this state. Anyone who doubts Climate Change is just Pissing into A Very Strong Head Wind.