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Madera County Supervisors Move Forward On Public Safety Tax

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during a special meeting today to approve the Draft Sales Tax Expenditure Plan aimed at putting a public safety tax measure before the voters in March 2017. This is the next step toward putting a one-cent sales tax measure on the ballot, revenues from which would be specifically designated ...

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Oakhurst Crash And Vehicle Fire Keep First Responders Busy

OAKHURST — A three-vehicle crash on Highway 41, followed by a vehicle fire on the north end of town kept firefighters and law enforcement busy in the Oakhurst area this morning. At 8:46 a.m., reports came in of a multi-vehicle crash on Deadwood just south of Oakhurst. A 63-year-old Coarsegold man was southbound on Highway 41 in a 2001 Toyota ...

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Update On Serpa Fire 12 PM Saturday

COARSEGOLD — As firefighters continue to strengthen firelines and do mop-up on the Serpa Fire, many are being released to be available for any new incidents. The fire is reported at 80 percent containment this morning, with the size re-estimated at 77 acres. All restrictions were lifted as of 5 p.m. yesterday, and the public is allowed to access all ...

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Update On The Serpa Fire 4 PM Friday

COARSEGOLD — The Serpa Fire is now 70 percent contained and all restrictions have been lifted for the public to travel in and out of the areas along Cavin Lane and Mattie Fhy roads, according to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Jaime Williams. The fire is still holding at 80 acres, and crews continue to strengthen firelines, check for hot ...

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Update On The Serpa Fire 10 AM Friday

COARSEGOLD — Firefighters made very good progress overnight on the Serpa Fire, burning just east of Highway 41 north of Coarsegold. The fire is holding at 80 acres with 50 percent containment. Crews continue to work hot spots, strengthen firelines and do mop-up. There are currently 26 engines, 5 dozers and 6 water tenders working the fire. Helicopters are operating ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Remainder Of Serpa Fire Area

COARSEGOLD — As firefighters continue their work on the Serpa Fire, officials have lifted all evacuations for the remaining areas south of Road 420. As of 9 a.m., residents are being allowed to return home to the Cavin Lane/Mattie Fhy areas, plus Snyder Road and Paulsen Lane. Only residents will be allowed into the area, so please have IDs ready. ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Some Near Serpa Fire

COARSEGOLD — The Sheriff’s Office has announced that they are allowing some of the residents evacuated due to the Serpa Fire to return home as of 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, July 21. All residents living along Road 420 and the roads adjacent are now being allowed to return home. Only residents will be allowed in, the area is still closed ...

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Crews Still Working Serpa Fire, Evacuations Remain In Place

COARSEGOLD — Crews are still battling a vegetation fire burning on the east side of Highway 41 near Serpa Canyon. As of 4:30 p.m., the fire was estimated at 60 to 70 acres and crews hope to achieve 30 percent containment this evening. The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. this afternoon on the Veater Ranch north of Coarsegold, ...

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Fire Causes Evacuations In Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — As of 4:30 p.m. firefighters have lines around 80 percent of the Serpa Fire. The fire is not yet contained but crews are making good progress. Air tankers are coming in one after another to drop fire retardant on the leading edge of the fire currently burning in heavy brush and now said to be 60 – 70 acres, in ...

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Portion Of Auberry Road Closed Due To Green Fire

PRATHER — The Green Fire, which started yesterday along Auberry Road southeast of Prather, is now 60 percent contained at an estimated 123 acres. The fire is burning in Fresno County off Auberry Road and White Thorne Road. Five outbuildings have been reported lost in the fire, but no homes. Firefighters are now working to strengthen firelines and do mop-up. ...

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