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Forest Closure On Bass Lake Ranger District Due To Railroad Fire

CLOVIS – A Forest Closure Order will be implemented in the Sierra National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 12, on the Bass Lake Ranger District. This order is deemed necessary to protect public safety as efforts get underway to repair the damage which occurred during the suppression of the Railroad Fire, say Forest Officials. The Railroad Fire has burned 12,407 acres since ...

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George William Mellon

George William Mellon was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1926. His parents William and Sarah welcomed him as their fifth son in what would become a family of eight children. The family struggled through the depression years and in 1944, an 18-year-old George enlisted in the Navy. He was trained to be a diesel mechanic at schools in Gulfport, Mississippi, ...

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Fire Destroys Travel Trailer At Mammoth Pool Trailer Park

NORTH FORK — Quick work by neighbors and firefighters kept a trailer fire from spreading to the surround properties and dry vegetation this afternoon. At 5:25 p.m., reports came in of a travel trailer on fire at the Mammoth Pool Trailer Park on Road 225 near Italian Bar Road. When neighbors in the tightly clustered community saw the smoke, they ...

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This May Be Why Cascadel Woods Survived The Mission Fire

NORTH FORK — If you are looking for proof that fuel reduction and preventative activities work, look no further than the community of Cascadel Woods, says Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Y/S RC&DC) Project Manager Justine Reynolds. The fast-moving Mission Fire destroyed three homes on its way up the mountain to Cascadel Woods. While credit is always due to ...

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Evacuation Centers For Railroad And Mission Fires Close

MADERA COUNTY — Effective at 8 a.m. today, Sept. 11, the Red Cross evacuation centers providing service to those affected by the Mission and Railroad Fires and their pets have closed. The closures include The Oakhurst Community Center and the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds. If residents require additional assistance, please contact the following numbers: American Red Cross (559) 343-2549 Central California Animal Disaster Team ...

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Calvin Crest And Nelder Grove Survive Railroad Fire

OAKHURST — Firefighters are making very good progress on the Railroad Fire, which is now estimated at 12,407 acres and is 75 percent contained. Fireline has been completed around the entire perimeter (see large map at end of article) and crews continue to do mop-up and hit hot spots near the fire’s edge. Smoke will still be visible in some areas ...

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Yosemite Valley Parking And Road Construction Update

YOSEMITE — Visitors to Yosemite should be aware of a new phase of parking and road construction in Yosemite Valley starting on Monday, Sept. 18. The biggest project will be reconstruction of the Camp 4 parking area. The parking area will close on Monday, Sept. 18, and campers will park across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Northside ...

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Firefighters On Scene Of Vegetation Fire On Triangle Road

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters have been called out once again to reports of a vegetation fire in Mariposa County. At about 9:15 a.m., crews responded to a fire on Triangle Road just west of Darrah Road. The first unit at scene reported the fire at about three acres burning in grass and brush, and unable to determine how many structures ...

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Home Burns On Scenic Drive, Fire Threatens Others Nearby

OAKHURST — A structure fire on Scenic Drive has destroyed one home, and is threatening several more as it showers the area with sparks. At 9:48 p.m., firefighters were called out to reports of a fire in the Buckeye Road area just east of the Mountain House along Road 222. The first unit at scene reported a 2,500 sq. ft. ...

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Crews Respond To Fire West Of Ahwahnee

AHWAHNEE – Crews are at scene of a fire on Indian Peak Road near the intersection of Road 800 west of Ahwahnee. At 6:30 p.m. a full wildland dispatch was called up for reports of a vegetation fire, including Air Attack, two helicopters, and two air tankers out of Columbia. The column of smoke was also seen by a lookout. ...

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