Escape From Mammoth Pool The true story of how 242 people—and 16 dogs—survived one of the fastest-moving, most intense wildfires in California history, as the Creek Fire closed in on their campground at Mammoth Pool Reservoir over Labor Day weekend 2020. Produced by Valley Public Radio, NPR for Central California.
Escape From Mammoth Pool

Escape From Mammoth Pool

From KVPR

The true story of how 242 people—and 16 dogs—survived one of the fastest-moving, most intense wildfires in California history, as the Creek Fire closed in on their campground at Mammoth Pool Reservoir over Labor Day weekend 2020. Produced by Valley Public Radio, NPR for Central California.

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Part 7: Climate Change, Fire Suppression, And The Growing Human Toll Of Wildfires

This is the sixth episode of KVPR's podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool: the true story of how 242 people and 16 dogs escaped one of the fastest-moving wildfires in California's recorded history.

Part 7: Climate Change, Fire Suppression, And The Growing Human Toll Of Wildfires

Part 6: Could This Happen To Me?

This is the sixth episode of KVPR's podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool: the true story of how 242 people and 16 dogs escaped one of the fastest-moving wildfires in California's recorded history.

Part 5: A Deeper Dive With 'Chief Joe' Rosamond

This is the fifth episode of KVPR's podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool: the true story of how 242 people and 16 dogs escaped one of the fastest-moving wildfires in California's recorded history.

Part 4: The View A Year Later

In the first three episodes of this series, we shared stories from the panicked evacuations and dramatic rescues of hundreds of people trapped at Mammoth Pool Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada. They'd fled there over Labor Day weekend 2020, as the Creek Fire consumed their campground and closed in on the lake.

Part 3: Heroes, Big And Small

There are many ways to be heroic. Some of them are death-defying—like rushing into a burning forest to save hundreds of strangers—but some aren't, and even talking someone down from a panic attack, or offering a ride in the middle of a wildfire, can pay dividends in serendipitous, even life-saving ways.

Part 2: The 10-Minute Drive That Lasted An Eternity

In last week's episode, campers were in the throes of panic and chaos as they prepared to evacuate their campground. This week, they navigate two miles down a narrow, winding dirt road, its perils made all the more dangerous by the oppressive smoke and encroaching flames from the Creek Fire.

Part 1: 'You Could See The Fire, You Could See The Flames'

For 17 years, Karla Carcamo's family had a Labor Day tradition: they gathered all their cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, family friends, and even family members of family friends, and spent the long weekend camping at Mammoth Pool Reservoir in the Sierra Foothills.

Introducing: Escape From Mammoth Pool (Trailer)

Escape From Mammoth Pool The true story of how 242 people—and 16 dogs—survived one of the fastest-moving, most intense wildfires in California history, as the Creek Fire closed in on their campground at Mammoth Pool Reservoir over Labor Day weekend 2020.