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Willow Fire Runs Half-Mile Overnight

NORTH FORK – The challenges continue on the southern perimeter of the Willow Fire, as it continues pushing its way across the South Fork Bluffs on the western face of Peckinpah Mountain. Now estimated at 2,077 acres with 30 percent containment, the fire’s southern division was characterized as “an interesting beast” during this morning’s briefing at the Incident Command Post ...

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Willow Fire Still Active On North And South

NORTH FORK – Firefighters made good progress on the Willow Fire today, strengthening lines, finishing hose lays, doing mop-up where possible, and clearing snags. Though there is no updated acreage on the fire as of this writing, the Incident Commander told the crowd at a packed Town Hall meeting this evening in North Fork, that he hopes for 30 percent ...

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Man Charged In Bass Lake Jet Ski Death

MADERA COUNTY – Charges have been filed against a San Jose man in connection with the death of a young boy on Bass Lake on June 27. The boy died after being run over by a wave runner, reportedly operated by Phat Chau. Chau, 55, has been charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter after allegedly running over 13-year-old David Flores of ...

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Willow Fire Human Caused, Juvenile Identified

NORTH FORK – Today, United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Investigators have stated that the Willow Fire on the Sierra National Forest, which started July 25 and has charred over 1,700 acres between North Fork and Bass Lake, Calif., was human caused. USFS Law Enforcement Officers, working in conjunction with the Madera County District Attorney’s Office, have identified a juvenile ...

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Willow Fire Grows, Town Hall Meeting Tonight

NORTH FORK – A thick blanket of smoke hung over fire camp again this morning as the Willow Fire, burning between North Fork and Bass Lake, has now grown to 1,739 acres and is still listed at 5 percent containment. Heavy inversion and smoke will likely keep air resources grounded until about 11 a.m. this morning. There are 8 helicopters ...

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Active Day On The Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – Crews on the Willow Fire put in a good, hard shift today, though fire officials have not updated the estimated acreage or percent of containment at this time. A mapping flight over the fire tonight will provide new data for an update after the morning briefing tomorrow. The current estimate stands at 1,521 acres with 5 percent ...

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Nighttime Operations On The Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – One of the big challenges of battling the Willow Fire, in addition to some nearly vertical granite walls, is the heavy regrowth of dense brush and the number dangerous snags left behind after the 2001 North Fork Fire. Over 4,000 acres burned in that fire along the Willow Creek drainage and across the face of Peckinpah Mountain. ...

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Road 274 To Reopen

NORTH FORK – Word is coming in from Operations on the Willow Fire that Road 274, between North Fork and Bass Lake, will reopen at noon today,  July 27. All other road closures and evacuations will remain in effect, including Central Camp Road, Douglas Ranger Station north of Trails End, and Autumn Ridge Way (Whiskey Falls Road/Forest Road 8S09). Whiskers ...

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Firefighters Holding The Line On Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – There has been no change to the estimate on acreage for the Willow Fire, with fire officials holding it at yesterday’s 1,521 acres. The updated map shows only a small push-out to the east in Division M. (see maps below) The 5 percent containment number has also not changed as of this hour, but we await reports ...

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Willow Fire Now Estimated At Over 1,500 Acres

NORTH FORK – The Willow fire is now estimated at 1,521 acres, and is still at 5 percent containment. The fire is burning in the Willow Creek Canyon north of North Fork, and east of Bass Lake. Air Tankers and helicopters worked from above all day, as ground crews strengthened firelines and worked in steep, dense terrain. More resources continue ...

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