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Two-Thirds Of Madera County Fire Stations Are Not Manned

MADERA COUNTY – Most people are likely not aware that the majority of Madera County fire stations are not manned, and sit empty until the Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs or Volunteers) assigned to those stations are called up. People also may not realize that there is only one firefighter on duty in Oakhurst, and that the first engines they see ...

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Hazard Tree Work Resumes Along Forest Roads and Trails

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On Feb. 14, the Sierra National Forest began work on a number of roadside public safety and forest health projects in Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. With the recent heavy rains making targeted areas inaccessible or the work too dangerous, crews had to wait for conditions to improve, and are now resuming operations. “We’re excited to ...

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Crash On Icy Curve Slows Morning Traffic On Road 200

NORTH FORK — Icy roads and speeds too fast for conditions likely contributed to a single-vehicle crash just west of Bass Fork Minit Market this morning. Just after 7 a.m., reports came in of a solo vehicle off the roadway on Road 200 just west of Hadley Road. A neighbor heard the crash and hurried to the scene to assist ...

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Madera County Sheriff Lifts Evacuation Advisories

MADERA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office has announced that all evacuation advisories for areas of Madera County affected by recent heavy rains, have been lifted. Residents in the low-lying areas of North Fork been under a pre-evacuation advisory since Monday. Everyone living in areas prone to flooding is cautioned to remain vigilant as rains are forecast to return by the ...

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Car Catches Fire As New Owner Drives It Home

NORTH FORK — A woman who had just purchased a 2001 Saturn didn’t get to enjoy it long before it caught fire and burned to the ground. At 6:30 p.m., firefighters and CHP were dispatched to reports of a car on fire on Bonnie B Road (Road 224) just north of Wilcox Drive. When crews arrived at scene they found ...

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Highway 120 Into Yosemite Closed Due To Storm Damage

YOSEMITE — Highway 140 through El Portal is now the only road into Yosemite National Park. It has just been announced that Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is now closed between Foresta and Crane Flat, 24 hours a day, with no access to Yosemite Valley from west of Crane Flat. The road has been closed due to continuing storm ...

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Two Public Meetings In Raymond This Week

RAYMOND — There will be two public meetings in Raymond this week, one on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and a second on Thursday, Feb. 23. On Tuesday, the campaign committee, Citizens, Firefighters, & Deputies for Measure L is holding a public safety forum at the Leaders for Christ Training Center at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the proposed Madera County Public Safety ...

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Mariposa Storytelling Festival Welcomes David Novak

Written by Cara Goger–  MARIPOSA — Making his fourth appearance at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Storytelling Festival, gifted storyteller David Novak just had to be part of producer/ director, Marilyn Rudzik’s line-up for the 30th Mariposa Storytelling Festival’s Grand Finale Celebration, scheduled for Mar. 10 – 12. “Storyteller David Novak is an on-stage wizard, spinning his tales with wild ...

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Pre-Evacuation Advisory Issued For Areas Of North Fork

NORTH FORK —  Once again, residents of the low-lying areas of North Fork are being told to be prepared to evacuate if conditions warrant. There has been an increased discharge of water from Bass Lake. With this information, the Sheriff’s Office is issuing a Pre-Evacuation Advisory for the following areas: -Road 222 between Railroad Grade Road and Road 200 -Road ...

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North Fork Boosters Host Citizen Of The Year Dinner

NORTH FORK — The community of North Fork will name its Citizen of the Year for 2016 at a dinner and celebration on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Town Hall. This is the 38th year that the community will gather to celebrate its most honored citizen — someone chosen as being representative of the spirit of service and giving that ...

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