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Kerkhoff Fire Now At 80 Acres

AUBERRY – The Kerkoff Fire is now estimated at 80 acres, and is burning  just above Kerkhoff Reservoir, north of Auberry on the east side of the San Joaquin River Canyon. The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, near 39000 Powerhouse Road. Firefighters have responded from Cal Fire MMU and the Fresno/Kings Unit, and Sierra ...

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Firefighters Battling 75-Acre Fire Near Kerkhoff

AUBERRY – Firefighters are battling a 75-acre wildfire just above Kerkhoff Reservoir, north of Auberry. The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. today near 39000 Powerhouse Road. Firefighters are responding from Cal Fire MMU and FKU, and Sierra National Forest. Air attack is over the fire, directing operations for three air tankers and two helicopters. Dozers are also en ...

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George Runner Still Opposed To Rural Fire Fee

MADERA – On Wednesday, July 15, Board of Equalization Vice-Chairman and District 1 member George Runner participated in two Town Hall meetings in the City of Madera, hosted by Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli. The two events, while intended for different audiences, focused on taxes and the state of the California economy. The first Town Hall was directed at Madera’s ...

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Fire Danger Remains High Despite Recent Rains

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Because of the prolonged drought conditions, the Sierra National Forest is reminding all residents that fire danger remains above average across the Central Sierra and the chance of large or damaging fires still exists. Recent wetting rains provided only temporary relief from the danger of wildfire. With the return of dry weather and increasing temperatures, dangerous ...

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Extreme Registration At Oakhurst Community College

OAKHURST – State Center Community College District will hold its fall semester Extreme Registration on Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, from 2 – 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Extreme Registration is a one-stop shop that offers everything a student will need to enroll at Oakhurst Community College Center, Fresno City ...

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Soquel Ditch Bridge Update

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Soquel Ditch Bridge on Sky Ranch Road is being replaced and a one way detour system is being used to get up and down the mountain. Over the last week, the Forest Service has put significant efforts into grading, watering and rocking the detour.  The detour is now operational for use.  The signing will be ...

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Bear Activity Increases In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Bear activity this week has increased park-wide, and visitors are reminded to store food properly and be bear-aware. In wilderness areas this week, several hikers have had packs destroyed after failing to store food in a food storage container when leaving their packs unattended. Several backpackers have also had bear cans rolled away from their campsite in the ...

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Man Arrested For Using Social Media To Lure Minor

MARIPOSA COUNTY – After a week-long social media sting operation, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Matthew A. Tilton, 25, of Mariposa, on charges relating to contacting a minor for sexual purposes. Once the Sheriff’s Office received reports of Tilton having inappropriate conversations with minors on social media, investigators initiated the social media operation to contact Tilton. The conversations ...

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Hazard Trees Removed From County Roadways

OAKHURST – Fallers and crews from Cal Fire and the US Forest Service were hard at work along Cedar Valley Drive today, removing hazard trees that pose a danger to motorists and residents. The project is a cooperative effort between Cal Fire, the Forest Service and the Madera County Road Department (Public Works) to get out ahead of the mounting ...

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Youth Boardgaming League At North Fork Library

Written by Crystal Pike NORTH FORK – Kids ages 6 to 18 are invited to the Youth Boardgaming League at the North Fork Library, every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. This unique program was designed by the Youth Boardgaming League to offer fun and educational ways to learn critical thinking and communication skills in a safe and fun environment. ...

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