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Chimney Fire Fortunately Contained

OAKHURST — What started as a cozy fire on a rainy day turned into a call to the fire department. At approximately 1 p.m. today, as emergency crews were already responding to a multi-vehicle accident in Coarsegold, firefighters were alerted to respond to reports of a structure fire on Laurel Drive. Engine 12 out of Oakhurst was among the first on scene, ...

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Fall And Winter Burning On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, is preparing to implement the fall/winter burning program, says District Ranger Denise Tolmie. Projects will consist of three activities: pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. “The objective of these prescribed burns are to reduce fuel loading from recent tree mortality fuel projects within the Wildland Urban Intermix and high ...

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Crews Respond To Vehicle And Structure Fire Overnight

COARSEGOLD — Firefighters were called out to two separate fires in the early morning hours, one near Yosemite Lakes Park and another just south of Hensley Lake. Just after 12:30 a.m., a young man from Coarsegold was southbound on Road 400 approaching Yosemite Springs Parkway. He fell asleep at the wheel, according to CHP at the scene, drove off the ...

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Small Vegetation Fire Near Hensley Lake

MADERA COUNTY – Crews are on scene of a small vegetation fire burning just north of Hensley Lake. Just after 11 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of a fire along Road 400 just north of Road 603, southwest of Yosemite Lakes Park. A full wildland dispatch was called out, including eight Cal Fire and Madera County engines, two crews out ...

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Prescribed Fire Continues In Mariposa Grove

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning to continue ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire project on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23. An estimated 7 to 10 days of active burn down is anticipated, with the focus in the upper grove for a total of 55 acres. Fire managers have already successfully completed 75 acres ...

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Firefighters Stop Vehicle Fire From Spreading To Wildland

COARSEGOLD — Just before 2:30 p.m. today engines responded to reports of a vehicle fire on Road 400 just south of Road 415. Sandy and Barry Beeson were inside their home in the 32000 block of Road 400 when they heard a loud boom. Barry ran outside and saw flames shooting up from beyond their front gate. A woman from Coarsegold told CHP that her ...

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Rain May Be Headed For Sacata Fire

FRESNO COUNTY — Crews continue their work on the Sacata Fire, burning north of Pine Flat Reservoir in tall grass, brush and native oaks. The fire, which was reported at 1 p.m. on Oct. 11, is now estimated at 1,959 acres with 50 percent containment. There are currently 561 personnel assigned to the incident, including 24 engines, 8 helicopters, 4 ...

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Madera County Considers Vote To Fund Fire And Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY — With a Public Safety Tax proposed for a special election in March 2017, efforts to educate the public and gather feedback are well underway. Last night at a Town Hall meeting in Ahwahnee, Georgiena Vivian of VRPA Technologies, made a presentation about the proposed tax, why it is needed, and how the funds would be collected, administered ...

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Crews Make Good Progress On Sacata Fire

FRESNO COUNTY — Smoke is still visible across many surrounding communities as the Sacata Fire near Pine Flat Reservoir moves into its fourth day. The fire, which was reported at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, has now grown to 1,700 acres with 35 percent containment. Fire officials report that good progress has been made as crews work to strengthen ...

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All Available Resources Called To Structure Fire In Mariposa

MARIPOSA — Crews are on scene of a structure fire in Mariposa on Bullion Street between 6th and 7th streets. Just before 12:30 p.m. reports came in of a fire in a building, confirmed by the first engine at scene as smoke and flames showing from the attic. Law enforcement was called out for traffic control and PG&E has responded ...

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