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Growth Of Rough Fire Slowed, Smoke Still An Issue

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire has grown to 85,894 acres with 31 percent containment and remains the largest active fire in California. Heavy concentrations of smoke are expected near the fire today. Smoke will be slow to lift, and light and variable transport winds are expected primarily from the south, with increased impacts expected in San Joaquin Valley ...

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Trial Set For Courtney Fire Suspect

MADERA COUNTY – The man accused of starting the Courtney Fire, that destroyed 30 homes in the Bass Lake Heights along Road 426 nearly a year ago, was back in Madera County Superior Court this morning. Oscar Bustillos, of Apple Valley, Calif., will return to court on Nov. 3 for a jury trial. Bustillos remains free on bond pending the ...

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Rough Fire Over 81,000 Acres, Smoke Still A Concern

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST -The Rough Fire has grown to 81,549 acres with 25 percent containment, and is currently the largest active fire in California. There are 1,901 personnel currently assigned to the incident. The Incident Command Team for the South Zone will host a virtual camp tour today on Periscope in several segments beginning at 9 a.m. The initial segment ...

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Fires Close Highway 41 South Of Road 200

MADERA COUNTY – Firefighters have been busy today with fires along Highway 41 near Road 200. Just before 4 p.m. today, crews responded to a travel trailer on fire on Veater Road south of Coarsegold. First engine on scene reported that the trailer was fully involved, and had spread into the vegetation. The fire was called controlled at 6:48 p.m. ...

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Rough Fire Now Largest In California At 77,000 Acres

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire has grown to 77,287 acres and is currently the largest active fire in California. About 47,907 acres are on the Sierra National Forest, 29,110 acres on the Sequoia National Forest, 207 acres on Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and 62 acres of state responsibility. There are 2,040 personnel currently assigned to the ...

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Rough Fire Still Challenging Crews In Difficult Terrain

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire, burning near Hume Lake, has now grown to 66,542 acres with 25 percent containment. There are currently 2,121 personnel assigned to the incident, including 38 crews, 159 engines and 12 helicopters. Transport winds are expected to push the smoke northeast of active fire today. Significant impacts will continue in areas near the fire ...

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John West Juvenile Arsonist And Family Leave Town

MADERA – The juvenile who started 13 fires in the John West Road area of Oakhurst in 2014 appeared with his family in Madera Superior Court today, with bags packed. Immediately following a court hearing this morning, where he faced charges of violating last November’s court orders, the teenage arsonist and his family left the county and moved to southern ...

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Smoke Blankets Central Sierra From 60,000 Acre Rough Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire continues to smother the Central Sierra in thick smoke, causing at least one false alarm for local firefighters this morning as a fire was called in on Road 224 in North Fork. After making contact with the person reporting the fire, crews determined that the smoke from the Rough Fire was the cause ...

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Rough Fire nears 56,000 Acres, Smoke Still Impacts Mountain Area

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire has now grown to 55,989 acres with 25 percent containment, and continues to blanket the Central Sierra with smoke, especially in the morning hours. With slight changes in weather patterns, expect to see heavy concentrations of smoke in the western foothills and areas within the Kings River Canyon until mid-afternoon. This evening, smoke ...

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Rough Fire Nearly 52,000 Acres

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Smoke from the Rough Fire continues to impact the Central Sierra, and has now grown to 51,794 acres with 17 percent containment. There are currently 1,984 personnel assigned to the incident, including 24 crews, 138 engines and 10 helicopters. With slight changes in weather patterns, expect to see heavy concentrations of smoke in the western foothills ...

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