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Calling Local Heroes To Become Paid Call Firefighters

Written by Maureen Walling — MADERA COUNTY — When disaster strikes, be it fire, accident or a medical emergency, we all count on our firefighters to be there in minutes to render aid. But what happens if the nearest fire station has no one available to respond? What if the station in your area is closed because there are no ...

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Car Crash Knocks Out Power South Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST  – Crews are on scene of a motor vehicle accident on Road 425B that knocked out power to over 500 customers and started a vegetation fire. Just after 6:30 p.m. a grey sedan hit a power pole near Stillmeadow Drive near the top of Road 425B. Fire engines were dispatched to the scene, and a fire of about one-quarter ...

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Firefighters Trapped While Defending Homes On Bluecut Fire

CALIFORNIA — Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 8 large wildfires across California. While making good progress on six of these blazes, two new fires ignited yesterday, rapidly burning more than 30,000 acres in southern California. The Bluecut Fire started yesterday at 10:36 a.m. in the Cajon Pass west of Interstate 15, and quickly grew to over 30,000 acres prompting the ...

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Eight Large Wildfires Burning In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 8,800 firefighters are currently battling 8 large wildfires across California, according to Cal Fire. While yesterday’s high temperatures allowed several of the fires to grow in size, firefighters were able to contain three of the active wildfires that burned this weekend. Two Strike Teams of engines (5 per team) and one team of dozers (2 per team) ...

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House Saved From Fire Yesterday Burns To The Ground Overnight

COARSEGOLD — A house that was spared from the flames yesterday afternoon burned to the ground in the early morning hours. A home on the northwest corner of Highway 41 and Black Oak Road was saved by firefighters yesterday when a fire that destroyed two outbuildings was stopped before it could damage the home. But this morning just after 3:30 ...

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Outbuildings Burn, House Saved In Oak Fire

COARSEGOLD — Just after 4:30 p.m. today, two Madera County Sheriff’s deputies were headed up the hill from Madera when a motorcyclist began waving at them and pointing to a house at the corner of Highway 41 and Black Oak Road. As they pulled into the driveway, they saw smoke rising from behind the residence. They immediately contacted the three occupants ...

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Fire On Highway 41 Near Black Oak Road

COARSEGOLD — Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire reported along Highway 41 near Black Oak Road just north of Road 417. Just after 4:30 p.m., crews were called out to reports of a fire burning in vegetation. The first engine on scene reported the fire at less than one acre with one structure partially involved and several outbuildings threatened. ...

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Cal Fire Releases Report On Dozer Fatality

MONTEREY COUNTY — Cal Fire has released a preliminary report about the bulldozer accident that claimed the life of a Friant man during the Soberanes Fire. Yosemite High graduate Robert Reagan, 35, died nearly instantly after the dozer he was operating rolled over, pinning him under the sweeps of the dozer. Sweeps are the protection bars mounted for the rollover ...

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Vegetation Fire Behind Alice’s Cookhouse In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Crews are on scene of a vegetation fire burning on Hartwell Road behind Alice’s Cookhouse just off Highway 41 in Oakhurst. The fire was called in about 12:35 p.m., and first engine at scene reported it at about one-quarter acre burning in grass. Engines from Cal Fire, Madera County Fire and Sierra National Forest were dispatched to the ...

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Fire In North Fork Contained At One Acre

NORTH FORK — Firefighters made quick work of a vegetation fire this afternoon on Kowana Lane just off Road 221 in North Fork. At approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon crews were called out to an address at the end of the road where a fire was burning in a pasture next to the house. There was one travel trailer inside ...

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