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Time Running Out For Free Disposal Of Tree Slash

NORTH FORK —  Residents who would like to take advantage of the Air Curtain Burner located at the Old Mill Site to dispose of woody slash materials are encouraged to do it sooner than later. Cal Fire will be suspending the acceptance of material on Saturday, Apr. 29. The Air Curtain Burners are available to help residents dispose of unwanted ...

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Adopt A Ponderosa Pine Seedling From Sierra NF

NORTH FORK  – The Bass Lake Ranger District is set to begin the 2017 reforestation program, and will have seedlings for you to adopt. During the next two months, contract and Forest Service crews will be planting approximately 235 acres with up to 70,000 seedlings addressing areas impacted by the 2014 French and Courtney Fires. Approximately 250 to 350 seedlings ...

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Firewood Permits Now Available On Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is now selling Personal Use Wood Cutting Permits for the Apr. 1 through Nov. 30 period. Forest Service offices in North Fork, Prather and Clovis began selling permits on Monday, Apr. 3. All permits will be valid only for the Sierra National Forest lands and do not include private property. The forest will ...

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One-Lane Traffic Control On Highway 49

OAKHURST — An accident that resulted in a hazmat situation closed down both lanes of Highway 49 this afternoon just north of Oakhurst. At about 3 p.m., John Costello, 26, of Bakersfield, was southbound in a 2005 International truck just south of Harmony Lane at a stated speed of 45-50 miles per hour, according to CHP. The truck was carrying ...

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Firefighters Contain Jerseydale Fire In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters have contained the Jerseydale fire, and are moving into mopup stage as some resources are being released. The fire was reported as an escaped burn pile at about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, burning in Forest Service jurisdiction just off Jerseydale Road between Scott Creek and Plumber Creek Road. Sierra National Forest, Cal Fire, and Mariposa County ...

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Accident Forces Closure Of Highway 49 Near Harmony Lane

OAKHURST — An accident that resulted in a hazmat situation closed down both lanes of Highway 49 this afternoon just north of Oakhurst. At about 3 p.m., John Costello, 26, of Bakersfield, was southbound in a 2005 International truck just south of Harmony Lane at a stated speed of 45-50 miles per hour, according to CHP. The truck was carrying a ...

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Firefighters Respond To One-Acre Fire Near Jerseydale

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Crews are on scene of an escaped debris fire burning in the Sweetwater area near Jerseydale in Mariposa County. At about 1:30 p.m., reports came in of an escaped burn, and the first engine at scene reported the fire at approximately one acre. Firefighters from the Sierra National Forest responded, and requested additional resources. The Emergency Command ...

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Man Who Died Yesterday In Tractor Accident Identified

COARSEGOLD – The man who died in a tractor accident at a property along Road 400 yesterday has been identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Paul Ruell, 65, of Ahwahnee, was operating a tractor on a property just west of Yosemite Lakes Park when, it appears he fell off, possibly while going down an embankment, according to the Sheriff’s ...

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Tom Wheeler Hosts Town Hall Meeting In Coarsegold

MADERA COUNTY — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host the next in his series of Town Hall meetings on Thursday, Apr. 6, at the Coarsegold Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m.. On the agenda for the evening are Matt Treber, Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development; and Jared Carter, Deputy Director of the Public Works Department. ...

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Dogs Shot And Killed While Attacking Horses In North Fork

NORTH FORK — A pair of horses were attacked by two stray dogs in Madera County moments before a North Fork man shot both dogs to death. It happened outside a home on Road 221 (Crane Valley Road) late Saturday afternoon in a rural part of Madera County, according to a report by Justin Lum of KSEE24 News. KSEE24 reports ...

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