More than 200 people are airlifted clear of Creek wildfire near Mammoth Pool ...

More than 200 people were rescued by helicopters overnight into early Sunday after they got trapped by the raging Creek Fire near Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno, California.

The people got trapped at the reservoir at the Sierra National Forest as the rapid-spreading wildfire cut off the only escape route and they were advised to shelter in place, meaning jump into the water to avoid the flames.

On Sunday Blackhawk helicopters and at least one Chinook flew to rescue the people surrounded by the blaze and took them to the National Guard base at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. 

A total of 207 people were airlifted from the Mammoth Pool area to Fresno, Forest Service spokesman Daniel Tune said to KSEE.

At least 20 people were injured in the blaze, some of them critically. Two people stayed behind, refusing to be evacuated.

'There were several critical patients. Some with broken bones. Some with burns. Many with lacerations and abrasions,' Fresno County EMS Director Dan Lynch said.

The Creek fire has burned 45,500 acres and is zero percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service said on Sunday.  

More than 200 people were rescued by helicopters overnight into early Sunday after they got trapped by the raging Creek Fire near Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno, California. The rescue effort pictured above

More than 200 people were rescued by helicopters overnight into early Sunday after they got trapped by the raging Creek Fire near Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno, California. The rescue effort pictured above 

On Sunday Blackhawk helicopters and at least one Chinook flew to rescue the people surrounded by the blaze and took them to the National Gard base at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport where they were medically assessed

On Sunday Blackhawk helicopters and at least one Chinook flew to rescue the people surrounded by the blaze and took them to the National Gard base at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport where they were medically assessed

At least 20 people were injured in the blaze, some of them critically. 'There were several critical patients. Some with broken bones. Some with burns. Many with lacerations and abrasions,' Fresno County EMS Director Dan Lynch said

At least 20 people were injured in the blaze, some of them critically. 'There were several critical patients. Some with broken bones. Some with burns. Many with lacerations and abrasions,' Fresno County EMS Director Dan Lynch said

General Daniel Hokanson of the 29th Chief of the National Guard Bureau praised the rescue effort as 'simply extraordinary' sharing a photo from inside one of the rescue helicopters on Sunday

General Daniel Hokanson of the 29th Chief of the National Guard Bureau praised the rescue effort as 'simply extraordinary' sharing a photo from inside one of the rescue helicopters on Sunday

A total of 800 personnel consisting of 25 engines, five hand crews, three dozers, two helicopters and three air tankers have responded to the blaze.

The National Guard along with the fire and law enforcement agencies from Fresno and Madera counties conducted the rescue operation.

'Simply extraordinary, lifesaving work by the @CalGuard airlifting more than 200 people to safety overnight from the imminent danger of the #CreekFire The National Guard stands Always Ready, Always There to support our communities and nation in times of need,' General Daniel Hokanson of the 29th Chief of the National Guard Bureau tweeted Sunday morning with a photo of people backed inside a helicopter.

The fire sparked around 6.45pm PDT on Friday and forced evacuations in Fresno and Madera Counties.

By Sunday the Creek Fire grew to more than 71 square miles. As of early Sunday the blaze is 0 percent contained and the cause os being investigated.

Officials initially said Saturday that more than 150 people were cut off at the Mammoth Pool Reservoir in the Forest. Fire radio traffic indicated that multiple people had sustained burn injuries and others broken bones in the Creek Fire, and were being rescued by helicopter.

The first National Guard Chinook to depart loaded more than 50 people, with up to 20 of them requiring immediate medical transport, scanner traffic indicated. 

In a statement, the Sierra National Forrest said that 53 individuals were initially rescued from the Mammoth Pool boat launch area, and will be evaluated for injuries.  

Madera County officials said Sunday over 200 people were evacuated and 20 people were sent to hospitals. Two people refused evacuations

Madera County officials said Sunday over 200 people were evacuated and 20 people were sent to hospitals. Two people refused evacuations

CA Army National Guard Flight Facility shared these images showing CW5 Goding, CW2 Hernandez and WOC Xiong flying into the #creekfire to help rescue stranded personnel on Sunday

A view of the CA Army National Guard rescuing Creek Fire victims

CA Army National Guard Flight Facility shared these images showing CW5 Goding, CW2 Hernandez and WOC Xiong flying into the #creekfire to help rescue stranded personnel on Sunday

General Daniel Hokanson shared this photo Saturday night from the cockpit of a California National Guard Chinook before rescuing people trapped by the Creek Fire

General Daniel Hokanson shared this photo Saturday night from the cockpit of a California National Guard Chinook before rescuing people trapped by the Creek Fire

The California National Guard shared video showing dozens of rescued people dismounting from a helicopter to safety in Fresno

The California National Guard shared video showing dozens of rescued people dismounting from a helicopter to safety in Fresno

A National Guard Chinook arrives to rescue trapped campers in Sierra National Forrest on Saturday. The chopper loaded more than 50 people, with up to 20 of them requiring immediate medical transport, scanner traffic indicated

A National Guard Chinook arrives to rescue trapped campers in Sierra National Forrest on Saturday. The chopper loaded more than 50 people, with up to 20 of them requiring immediate medical transport, scanner traffic indicated

The Creek fire has burned 45,500 acres and is zero percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service said on Sunday

The Creek fire has burned 45,500 acres and is zero percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service said on Sunday 

Fresno officials shared this map Sunday of the Creek Fire's extent

Fresno officials shared this map Sunday of the Creek Fire's extent

One Twitter user shared horrifying

driving in a car through the Sierra National Forest surrounded by flames on all sides

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