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Fire On Highway 41 Near Broken Bit Put Out By Locals

COARSEGOLD — Just before 4 p.m. today firefighters were called out to Highway 41 near Serpa Canyon, and by the time they arrived on scene minutes later, the flames had been doused by local travelers. At 3:57 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire just starting on Highway 41 across from the Broken Bit. Meanwhile, Jessica and John Frabotta ...

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Mission Fire Holding At 1,035 Acres, Now 25% Contained

NORTH FORK — Evacuated residents of North Fork’s Cascadel area will be happy to hear that the Mission Fire did not grow in size overnight and is holding at 1,035 acres. The fire is now 25 percent contained. There are currently 1,409 personnel assigned to the incident including 146 engines, 25 hand crews, 18 dozers, 11 water tenders and 9 ...

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Big Increase In Containment On The Railroad Fire

OAKHURST — There was no infrared flight information for the Railroad Fire overnight, so it is still being reported at 11,603 acres with 43 percent containment. However, a look at the briefing map from this morning (at the bottom of the page) shows a lot more black (containment) line than on yesterday’s map, after 24 hours of good progress on ...

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Evacuated Residents – Get A Proof Of Residence Pass

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office would like to expedite the process for residents to gain access to their residences when the danger from the Railroad Fire and the Mission Fire has passed and re-population occurs. In light of this effort, the Sheriff’s Office will open the Oakhurst Substation (see map below) for residents to come present documentation as ...

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Good Progress On The Railroad Fire, Minimal Growth, Less Smoke

OAKHURST – Residents and firefighters got a bit of a break from the dense smoke today, and there were actually blue skies over the area this afternoon near the Railroad Fire. The fire grew by only 75 acres since this morning, and is now estimated at 11,603 acres with 43 percent containment. There are currently 962 personnel assigned to the ...

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Fire Officials Talk To North Fork Residents About Mission Fire

NORTH FORK — Residents anxious to hear how things on progressing on the Mission Fire in the Cascadel area gathered at the Mono Rancheria Community Center this evening to hear from fire officials. The fire is now estimated at 1,035 acres with 15 percent containment. There are currently 1,245 personnel assigned to the incident including 131 engines, 21 hand crews, ...

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Very Little Growth Overnight On The Mission Fire

NORTH FORK — There was encouraging news this morning from the Mission Fire, burning just east of North Fork in the Cascadel area. The size of the fire is reported at 1,025 acres – up just 20 acres from last night’s estimate, and there is 12 percent containment. Also, Road 225 has been reopened in both directions. There are currently¬†1,032 ...

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Spot Fire Southwest Of Railroad Fire Continues To Challenge Crews

OAKHURST — While the big plume of smoke just outside the southwest perimeter of the Railroad Fire looks ominous, crews made some good progress on the fire today. It is now estimated at 10,745 acres with 30 percent containment. There are currently 872 personnel assigned to the incident including 89 engines, 14 hand crews and 14 dozers. Today saw a ...

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Mission Fire Over 1,000 Acres, Cautiously Optimistic In Cascadel

NORTH FORK — ¬†Residents of North Fork gathered for a community meeting tonight at the Mountain Christian Center in Oakhurst, to hear from fire officials about the progress being made on the Mission Fire, and when they might be allowed to return to their homes in the Cascadel area. The fire is now estimated at 1,005 acres with 10 percent ...

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Railroad Fire Still Active Near Cedar Valley And Calvin Crest

OAKHURST — Once again the mountain area was greeted with a dense blanket of smoke as the sun rose over the Railroad Fire, burning north of Oakhurst. The fire is now estimated at 10,734 acres with 23 percent containment. There are currently 835 personnel assigned to the incident including 89 engines, 13 hand crews and 12 dozers. Air Operations reported ...

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