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South Fork Fire Now 2,900 Acres With 10 Percent Containment

YOSEMITE —  Crews made good progress on the South Fork Fire yesterday, constructing hand line on the west flank of the fire north of Wawona Dome. The fire is now estimated at 2,903 acres with 10 percent containment. There are 528 personnel assigned to the incident including 13 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 11 engines and 3 air tankers. UPDATE 11 ...

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Trailers Delivered To Families Who Lost Homes In Detwiler Fire

MARIPOSA — On Wednesday night, Duane Drost, president of Bless You, Inc. out of Milford Iowa and his crew rolled into Mariposa with travel trailers in tow. Bruce – a retired firefighter who lives just north of Los Angeles – was watching the news when he saw the details of the Detwiler Fire. He immediately reached out to the local ...

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Oakhurst CHP Conducts DUI/License Checkpoint Saturday

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY — Those planning a night out this Saturday need to be certain they have designated a sober driver, as should always be the case. The Oakhurst Area of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) and driver license safety checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 19, somewhere within the unincorporated area of northeastern ...

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North Fork’s Hot August Night Car Show Winners

NORTH FORK — It was another stellar line-up of classic cars as the North Fork Chamber hosted Hot August Night last Saturday. About 300 people strolled along the main street to “oooh and aaah” at the more than 50 beautiful rides, and enjoy the wares offered by food, craft and other vendors. There were also two pop-up art galleries hosted ...

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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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