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Motorcycle Crashes After Short Pursuit In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A motorcyclist was airlifted to the hospital after attempting to elude police on Highway 41 in Oakhurst last night. Just after 11 p.m., a CHP officer was headed southbound into Oakhurst near Suburban Propane when a Honda GL1100 motorcycle passed him in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. The officer made a U-turn and turned ...

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After The Fire: When Is The Best Time To Seed?

Why seed after a wildfire? Loss of vegetation leaves land vulnerable to increased runoff, erosion, and sedimentation. It also encourages weeds, degrades habitat, and impairs forest regeneration. Reestablishment of permanent vegetation provides long-term erosion control, may restore lost habitat values, and may help suppress noxious weed invasion after a wildfire. However it takes time and favorable climatic conditions to establish ...

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Crane Valley Hot Shots Cancelled From Puerto Rico Assistance

NORTH FORK — As often happens when crews are called up for an incident – whether fire or hurricane – the Crane Valley Hot Shots were released back to their duty station after gearing up to assist in the Puerto Rico disaster. The 20-person crew responded last Saturday to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., ready and willing to ...

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Over 115,000 Acres Burn Across The State, 15 Deaths Reported

CALIFORNIA — Seventeen large wildfires continue to burn in California and over the past 24 hours have charred over 115,000 acres. The winds that fanned these fires Sunday night and Monday morning have decreased significantly, but local winds and dry conditions continue to pose a challenge. The decrease in the winds combined with cooler weather allowed firefighters to make some ...

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Fifteen New Wildfires Prompt Evacuations, Burn Entire Neighborhoods

CALIFORNIA — Anyone who thought fire season might be over need look no further than Napa/ Sonoma County area to have that notion dispelled. Overnight, significant winds fanned over a dozen fires across Northern California. Fifteen new wind-whipped wildfires in eight counties have already burned over 73,000 acres in the past 12 hours, says Cal Fire. Firefighters have been challenged ...

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Tom Wheeler Hosts Town Hall Meeting In Ahwahnee

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host the next in his series of Town Hall meetings on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wasuma Elementary School. Items on the agenda include an update from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire and Madera County Fire Department. There will also be a presentation by Matt ...

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Fast-Moving Wildfires Burn Entire Neighborhoods In Santa Rosa

SONOMA COUNTY — Several large wildfires that started yesterday in the Santa Rosa area burned tens of thousands of acres overnight bolstered by wind gusts up to 70 mph, destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. According to reports, as of 11:30 a.m. 1,500 structures have burned. For conditions as they develop, ...

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The Story of Mariposa Brought to Life on Stage

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Arts Council’s Mariposa Theatre Alliance will present a live multi-media theater piece titled The Story, written and directed by Les Marsden. Featuring local acting talent, The Story will be presented on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 – 28, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 – 4 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Sunday, Nov. ...

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Native Plant And Wildflower Seed Sale

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Resource Conservation District’s (MCRCD) annual native plant and wildflower seed sale is coming up soon. This popular event will take place at two county sites in late October and early November–on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Ag Building at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, and the following Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Coulterville Community Park. ...

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Every Second Counts In A Fire, Plan Two Ways Out

SACRAMENTO – Did you know that only one-third of Americans have created and practiced a home fire escape plan? Almost three-quarters of Americans have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practice it, says Cal Fire. With these statistics, it’s time to stop being complacent and get the ball rolling in creating a home escape plan for you and ...

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