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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Aug. 13

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Bass Lake possible sexual assault On Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 2:02 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to a telephonic report of possible sexual assault that occurred at Bass Lake. A deputy took a report of ...

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Crash Sends Oakhurst Woman To The Hospital

OAKHURST — A three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 426 yesterday resulted in an Oakhurst woman being airlifted to a Fresno hospital. Just after 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, Audrey Sailors, 90, of Oakhurst, was northbound on Highway 41 in a 2005 Lincoln, in the right turn lane at Road 426, according to CHP. She ...

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South Fork Fire Now Over 1,600 Acres

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire continues to grow just east of the community of Wawona near the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park. The fire is burning in wilderness but is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to Wawona. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 1,613 acres with 0 percent containment. There are currently ...

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Register Now For California Native Plant Society Symposium

SONORA — The California Native Plant Society (CNPS), Sierra Foothills Chapter announces their 2017 symposium “Gardening with Natives: Native Gardening in the Mother Lode – the New Normal,” on Saturday, Sept. 9. “The new normal” refers to the wide shifts in yearly weather conditions that, in recent years, resulted in gardening with a restricted ability to water, persistent drought conditions, ...

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South Fork Fire More Than Doubles In Size

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire, burning on the southern end of Yosemite National Park just east of the community of Wawona, is now being estimated at 900 acres with 0 percent containment. Air recon of the South Fork Fire this morning provided the new estimated acreage. The growth was primarily north-northeast with some backing down the South Fork drainage. ...

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Firefighters Focus On Protecting Wawona From South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire is creating very smoky conditions on the southern end of Yosemite National Park and continues to threaten the community of Wawona. The fire is still estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment. Today, firefighters will continue to aggressively suppress the spread of the fire toward the community of Wawona on west flank, and ...

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Empire Fire Now Estimated At 1,200 Acres

YOSEMITE — The Empire Fire, burning in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park southeast of Bridalveil Campground, is now estimated at 1,200 acres. Smoke from the fire — along with smoke from the South Fork Fire near Wawona — continues to obscure views inside the park, particularly in the morning hours. There are currently 33 personnel assigned to the ...

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Wawona Residents Warned To Be Prepared To Evacuate

YOSEMITE — A hazard alert message is being issued for the community of Wawona due to the South Fork Fire, burning just east of the community along the Merced River. The fire is now estimated at 400 acres with 0 percent containment. Extreme fire behavior is being reported including torching, short crown and uphill runs. There are currently 25 personnel ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Near Wawona

YOSEMITE — The fire burning near the community of Wawona is putting up a lot of smoke, but resources are on scene. The South Fork Fire is now estimated at 20-30 acres, and moving upslope to the northeast. There is no estimate of containment at this time. Access to the fire’s location is not possible with engines, but there is ...

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