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South Fork Fire Continues To Move Away From Wawona

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire continues to move away from the community of Wawona as crews strengthen the fireline on the west flank and hold it to the north of the Merced River. There was no fly-over with updated estimates overnight, so the fire is still estimated at 2,407 acres with 7 percent containment. There are currently 512 personnel ...

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Marijuana Eradication Ops On Miami And Lewis Creeks

OAKHURST — Law enforcement officers were busy today in the Miami and Lewis Creek areas north of Oakhurst, eradicating several large marijuana grows from public lands. Members of CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) worked in short-haul teams out of the Batterson Work Station heliport, removing plants and the accompanying infrastructure from illegal grows on the Sierra National Forest. A short-haul ...

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Fire Officials Talk To Residents About South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — The community of Wawona gathered last night to hear from fire officials and law enforcement about suppression efforts and evacuation plans for the South Fork Fire. The fire is now estimated at 2,407 acres with 7 percent containment. Incident Commander Deron Mills of the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is also the Deputy Fire Chief in Yosemite, ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Wednesday 6 PM

YOSEMITE — For the third straight day, residents and visitors on the southern end of Yosemite National Park woke to a haze from the smoke of the South Fork Fire. The smoke had lifted by this afternoon in the community of Wawona, where residents are still in a preparation mode for any possible evacuation. However, the fire is not directly ...

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Ramp Closures In Madera Area For Repair Work

MADERA COUNTY — Those who travel through the city of Madera area should be advised that several on- and off-ramps will be closed for the next month during the overnight hours. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces that closures will be in effect for the next four to six weeks on State Route 99 as construction crews work to ...

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Yosemite Announces Closure Of Trails In South Fork Fire Area

YOSEMITE — As the South Fork Fire continues to threaten the areas surrounding the community of Wawona, certain trails have been closed to the public. “In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating the following area as closed until further notice is given: ...

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South Fork Fire Continues To Grow In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire, burning inside Yosemite National Park just east of Wawona, has grown by several hundred acres overnight. It is now estimated at 2,296 acres, still with 5 percent containment. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team took over management of the fire yesterday. They will host a community meeting at the Wawona Community Center ...

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YARTS Offers Free Rides To Yosemite On Free Gate Days

MERCED – Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) announced today that it will provide free transit service to Yosemite National Park on all free National Park Service (NPS) gate days for the next three years. YARTS will receive funding through the Federal Lands Access Program for a three-year demonstration project to operate free buses to Yosemite on all free NPS ...

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South Fork Fire In Yosemite Now at 1,700 Acres

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire, burning inside Yosemite National Park just east of Wawona, is now estimated at 1,700 acres, still with 0 percent containment. While residents and visitors in Wawona are still in a preparation mode for any possible evacuation, none has been ordered as of this hour. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team took over ...

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Bootstrap Circus & Jeffrey Kile Revue Live At The Art Park

Written by Ronnie Sweeting – MARIPOSA — Music on the Green – brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and many fine sponsors – presents the second-to-last weekend of the 2017 season of free concerts with The Jeffrey Kile Revue on Friday Aug. 18, and Bootstrap Circus on Saturday, Aug. 19. Jeffrey Kile has been a music fixture ...

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