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Spot Fires Increase As Smoke Hampers Air Attack Of Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — As temperatures rise, fire activity is increasing on the Railroad Fire burning near Fish Camp. By 8 o’clock this morning, crews were reporting flame lengths of up to 100 ft. in some areas. Firefighters moved in to cut line around the community of Fish Camp, and helicopters focused their bucket work on that area and the northeast ...

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Hot Temps And Low Humidity Challenges Crews On The Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — In a surreal juxtaposition of fire, rain, lightning and smoke, the management team on the Railroad Fire gathered at Batterson Work Station at 6 a.m. to go over the day’s objectives and operations plans. With more accurate overnight mapping, the fire is now estimated at 920 acres with 5 percent containment. There are currently 350 personnel assigned ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — While the threat to the community of Wawona from the South Fork Fire has been mitigated, residents and visitors are being told to make pre-evacuation plans in case the Railroad Fire continues its march north. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 5,191 acres with 44 percent containment. There are currently 101 personnel assigned to the incident. ...

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Railroad Fire Now Over 1,000 Acres

FISH CAMP — The Railroad Fire has forced the closure of Highway 41, the evacuation of hundreds of residents and visitors, and continues to grow. The fire is now estimated at over 1,000 acres, with spot fires out ahead of the blaze, and a potential for up to 5,000 acres, with zero percent containment. It is moving toward the park ...

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Railroad Fire Grows To Over 300 Acres, More Evacuations

FISH CAMP — The Railroad fire continues to grow as fire managers have difficulty getting large air tankers over the incident. As of 2:45 p.m., the fire was estimated at 300 acres, with spot fires out ahead of the blaze, and a potential for up to 5,000 acres. It is moving toward the park boundary. Three structures have been lost. ...

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Evacuations and Road Closure Expand Ahead Of Railroad Fire

FISH CAMP — As the Railroad Fire continues to grow, road closures and evacuations have been expanded. The road closure on Highway 41 has been moved south from Road 630 to Cedar Valley. On the north it is closed at Summit Road in Fish Camp. A mandatory evacuation is in place for the Narrow Gauge Inn, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar ...

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Fire Burning Near Sugar Pine Railroad North Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Crews are on scene of a fire on Highway 41 just south of the Westfall Ranger Station near the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. At about 12:20 p.m., reports came in to Sierra National Forest dispatch that a crew cutting trees in the area had dropped a limb on a power line. That has not been confirmed as ...

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Activity Increases On Empire Fire, Glacier Point Road Closes

YOSEMITE — The huge plume of smoke seen from all around the mountain area yesterday was due to a major increase in fire activity on the northwest and southeast portions of the Empire Fire in Yosemite. The fire is moving towards the Glacier Point Road, spotting out ahead of itself up to ¼ of a mile. That prompted the closing ...

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Yosemite National Park Adds Two New Shuttle Buses

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has added two new shuttle buses to the park’s fleet which serves over 3.7 million visitors each year. Visitors are encouraged to park their vehicles in a day-parking area, at their campground or lodging, and ride the park’s free shuttle to explore Yosemite Valley. With the addition of these two new diesel-electric hybrid buses, Yosemite ...

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Fire On Highway 49 In Oakhurst

OAKHURST —  Just before 12:30 p.m., firefighters were called out to reports of a vegetation fire in Oakhurst. The fire was initially reported at an address across from Oakhill Cemetery, but was located on Highway 49 near Meadow Vista Drive. Madera County Fire Engine 12 was first at scene at 12:33 and reported a 50×50 spot burning in the grass, ...

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