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Two-Thirds Of Madera County Fire Stations Are Not Manned

MADERA COUNTY – Most people are likely not aware that the majority of Madera County fire stations are not manned, and sit empty until the Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs or Volunteers) assigned to those stations are called up. People also may not realize that there is only one firefighter on duty in Oakhurst, and that the first engines they see ...

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Highway 41 To Remain Closed For At Least A Week

FISH CAMP — Caltrans says Highway 41 will remained closed south of Yosemite National Park through late next week, at least. The road was closed to traffic in both directions north of Fish Camp and all the way to the park on Tuesday, Feb. 21, due to erosion causing failure following heavy rains. Roadway repairs on State Route 41 south of Yosemite ...

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Hazard Tree Work Resumes Along Forest Roads and Trails

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On Feb. 14, the Sierra National Forest began work on a number of roadside public safety and forest health projects in Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. With the recent heavy rains making targeted areas inaccessible or the work too dangerous, crews had to wait for conditions to improve, and are now resuming operations. “We’re excited to ...

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Crash On Icy Curve Slows Morning Traffic On Road 200

NORTH FORK — Icy roads and speeds too fast for conditions likely contributed to a single-vehicle crash just west of Bass Fork Minit Market this morning. Just after 7 a.m., reports came in of a solo vehicle off the roadway on Road 200 just west of Hadley Road. A neighbor heard the crash and hurried to the scene to assist ...

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Madera County Sheriff Lifts Evacuation Advisories

MADERA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office has announced that all evacuation advisories for areas of Madera County affected by recent heavy rains, have been lifted. Residents in the low-lying areas of North Fork been under a pre-evacuation advisory since Monday. Everyone living in areas prone to flooding is cautioned to remain vigilant as rains are forecast to return by the ...

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Car Catches Fire As New Owner Drives It Home

NORTH FORK — A woman who had just purchased a 2001 Saturn didn’t get to enjoy it long before it caught fire and burned to the ground. At 6:30 p.m., firefighters and CHP were dispatched to reports of a car on fire on Bonnie B Road (Road 224) just north of Wilcox Drive. When crews arrived at scene they found ...

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Highway 120 Into Yosemite Closed Due To Storm Damage

YOSEMITE — Highway 140 through El Portal is now the only road into Yosemite National Park. It has just been announced that Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) is now closed between Foresta and Crane Flat, 24 hours a day, with no access to Yosemite Valley from west of Crane Flat. The road has been closed due to continuing storm ...

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Update On Highway 41 To Yosemite Road Closure

FISH CAMP — Caltrans anticipates Highway 41 north of Fish Camp will remain closed in both directions for the rest of the week and into next week. Click on images courtesy of Caltrans to enlarge. The closure is located north of the town of Fish Camp and south of the turnoff to Mt. Raymond Road. The Tenaya Lodge is still ...

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Highway 41 Temporarily Closed To Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Highway 41 is temporarily closed in both directions near the south gate of Yosemite National Park, as crews wait for a break in the weather in order to continue assessment of a seriously compromised roadway, following a series of storms. “SR-41 is officially closed in both directions where the shoulder washout occurred,” says Caltrans spokeman Cory Burkarth. “This ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Feb. 19

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017: Fish Camp lost firearm On Monday, Feb. 13 at 4:33 p.m. a deputy was dispatched via telephone for a reported;y lost firearm. There are no leads in this case, and report was written and the ...

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