Dozens of people rescued as wildfire rages near a reservoir in Northern California

Dozens of people rescued as wildfire rages near a reservoir in Northern California

By Cheri Mossburg, CNN

Updated 5:02 AM ET, Sun September 6, 2020The Creek Fire burning near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest. The Creek Fire burning near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest.

(CNN)Dozens of people were airlifted from Mammoth Pool Reservoir in Northern California after the only road to safety was blocked by wildfire.At least 63 evacuees have been rescued so far, officials said late Saturday night. The Creek Fire has injured a dozen people — two of them critically, according to the Fresno Fire Department, which is calling the situation a mass casualty incident.The fire is burning in the Sierra National Forest, and has exploded in size since it started, said Dan Tune, spokesperson for the US Forest Service.The fire ignited Friday evening in the forest south of Yosemite National Park and grew to 36,000 acres by Saturday. A helicopter with a public address system issued the warning to the group at the lake.Content by CNN UnderscoredLearn a new language for less with these Rosetta Stone dealsRosetta Stone has deals on one-year, two-year and even lifetime subscriptions so you can pick up a new language or two.Mammoth Pool Reservoir is a popular recreation site, but Tune could not provide an estimate on how many people were told to shelter in place.The Madera County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that 150 people were trapped at the Mammoth Pool campground.

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