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Firefighters Say We’re Gambling With People’s Lives

OAKHURST – “As residents of this county we’ve been gambling that nobody in our public safety ranks would lose their life in the line of duty, and we can’t keep going on like we’ve been going.” These are the sentiments expressed by firefighters and sheriff’s deputies as they gathered today at the old Blockbuster in Oakhurst before heading out to ...

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Mud And Debris Causing Hazardous Driving Conditions

CENTRAL SIERRA — First responders have their hands full as continuing rains cause flooding, plus mud and debris slides all across the mountain area, with most of the incidents happening in Mariposa County. At this hour, there are numerous call-outs for hazards: Roadway Flooding on Highway 49 at Allred Road Roadway Flooding on Ben Hur Rd at Silver Bar Road ...

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Some Bass Lake Ranger District Campgrounds Closed In 2017

NORTH FORK — The unprecedented tree mortality in the Sierra National Forest has created a high number of hazard trees within the Bass Lake Ranger District’s campgrounds. In recognition of how important a role these campgrounds are to the community, county, valley and beyond, select campgrounds will continue to operate under a reservation system for the entire season, says the ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41 Near Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Following recent storms and ahead of more wet weather on the way tonight, CHP reports that Highway 41 is compromised in the Fish Camp area just south of Yosemite National Park’s south gate. One way traffic control is currently in place due to a washout in the southbound lane. The lane is closed due to the severe erosion ...

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County Says Cedar Valley Dam Not In Danger Of Failure

CEDAR VALLEY — With all the concern generated by media reports yesterday that the earthen dam in Cedar Valley was in imminent danger of failure, we followed up with Madera County Public Works to find out what is really going on. Ahmad Alkhayyat is the Director of Public Works for Madera County. We asked Alkhayyat about media reports that the earthen ...

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Mandatory Evacuation Order For Low-Lying Areas Of North Fork

NORTH FORK — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the following areas of North Fork: -East Side of Church Street -Bass Lake Mobile Home Park. Be aware of rising water levels and evaluate your conditions. Residents who live in these areas or other areas threatened by rising water levels should immediately evacuate to the ...

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Hazardous Driving Conditions Across Eastern Madera County

CENTRAL SIERRA — Mud slides, roadway flooding, evacuation warnings, and trees falling across roadways are just some of the emergencies to which firefighters, CHP, Sheriff’s deputies, PG&E, Caltrans and County Roads are responding today. Currently there are dangerous road conditions in the following areas of Eastern Madera County: Road 274 at Marina View – mud/debris in roadway Highway 41 on ...

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Evacuation Warning Issued For Areas Of Cedar Valley

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an Evacuation Warning for the following areas in Cedar Valley: Lake Side Drive (South of Fire Station 18) Cedar Place Deer Run Trail Road Lazy Oak Drive Be aware of rising water levels and evaluate your conditions. If you feel the need to evacuate, please do so. Residents in these area ...

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Pre-Evacuation Notices Issued For Areas Of North Fork

NORTH FORK — The Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation advisory for the following areas: Bass Lake Mobile Home Park Road 222 between Railroad Grade Road and Road 200 Road 226 between Keller Road and Road 222 Manzanita Lake Drive Old Central Camp Road between Road 222 and ½ of a mile west of Road 274 Road 225 between Road ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Warning for central Mariposa County, central Madera County, east-central Merced County, southern Tuolumne County, northwestern Tulare County, central Fresno County, effective until 2:45 p.m. today. Local law enforcement officials have reported flooding due to heavy rain across the area. Estimated rainfall rates are one-quarter to one-half ...

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