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Detwiler Fire Over 15,000 Acres, Community Meeting Planned

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire has now charred an estimated 15,500 acres in Mariposa County, and is just 5 percent contained. The fire continued to grow yesterday as a result of wind and heat, ample fuel, and steep terrain. The communities of Hunters Valley, Bear Valley and Hornitos continue to be threatened as the fire encroaches on culturally and ...

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Detwiler Fire Grows To 11,000 Acres, More Evacuations Ordered

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler Fire near Lake McClure has now grown to 11,000 acres, with no report of containment. Firefighters have dealt with high temperature and gusting winds, along with difficult access in some areas. Crews are now fighting a 200-acre spot fire across the east side of Highway 49, near the community of Bear Valley. It has been ...

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Man Arrested With Drugs And Weapons At Fire Closure

MARIPOSA COUNTY — CHP officers were sidetracked from their duties assisting with road closures at the Detwiler Fire today when someone pulled up to a road block with drugs and a loaded gun. CHP Mariposa posted this on their Facebook page after the incident. “I do not recommend coming to a law enforcement operated road closure with large amounts of ...

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Evacuations Expand As Detwiler Fire Grows, Resources Stretched Thin

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters and officials on the Detwiler Fire faced dense smoke, intense heat, windy conditions and limited resources as they fought to stop the forward progress of this fire, and hold it within containment lines. The Detwiler Fire, burning near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, is now estimated at 11,000 acres with no report of containment. The fire ...

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Some Day Parking Reservations Still Available In Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE — There are a limited number of day parking reservations still available for visitors planning a trip to Yosemite Valley on weekends this August. Securing a free day parking reservation in Yosemite Valley will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience during weekends in August, the park’s busiest month, say park officials. These reservations are free (with a $1.50 service fee per ...

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Letter To The Editor: Use STR Tax For Fire Safety

The Madera County Board of Supervisors will vote on a change in the wording of the current residential zoning code on July 18. If approved, the change in the code will clarify the county’s position on allowing Madera County residential homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers. The current policy and practice has been to look at short-term rentals as ...

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Painting Workshop At The Brush Bar In Mariposa

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council is excited to announce four new dates for the adult workshop and fundraiser “Brush Bar @ The Alley.” Brush Bar is a fundraising painting workshop with step-by-step instruction and wine. Participants will take home a beautiful finished painting, ready to hang on the wall. Proceeds will help fund the Artist in the Schools ...

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Detwiler Fire Now Over 7,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Detwiler fire, burning near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, is now estimated at 7,100 acres with 0 percent containment. The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and grew rapidly, forcing people from their homes and closing roads in the Hunters Valley area. Evacuations include all homes on: Detwiler Road Hunters Valley Road Hunters ...

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More Evacuations Ordered As Detwiler Fire Grows To 2,000 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — As resources continue to arrive at the Detwiler Fire, burning near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, evacuations and road closures have expanded. The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. this afternoon, and has grown quickly to an estimated 2,000 acres, with 0 percent containment. Evacuations include all homes on: Detwiler Road Hunters Valley Road Hunters Valley ...

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Historical Items Stolen From Sugar Pine Railroad

FISH CAMP — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in recovering what are being described as priceless artifacts stolen from the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad museum in Fish Camp. Earlier this week, the following items were reported stolen from the Railroad:​ One antique circa 1900s locomotive draw bar was stolen from outside the museum. Note: ...

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