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French Fire Closures And Evacuations

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The French Fire, burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District near Rock Creek, has prompted the evacuation and closure of all campgrounds along Forest Road 81 (Minarets/Mammoth Pool Road). According to the Forest Service, the closure on Road 81 will be moved down to the Redinger Lake Overlook, about seven miles up from North Fork. Residents ...

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Mobile Home Burns In Whispering Pines

OAKHURST – A fire in Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park this morning may have spread into the surrounding vegetation and nearby homes were it not for the quick response of firefighters. At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, a fire was reported in a double-wide mobile home on the lower level of the park located at 41941 Road 222.

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French Fire Grows To 2,000 Acres

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – More than 2,000 acres along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway have now been charred as the French Fire continues its march through the Bass Lake Ranger District. It is currently at zero percent containment. The fire, which was reported just before 6 a.m. on Monday, July 28, moved a bit to the south overnight, prompting a ...

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Fire Burning On Scenic Byway Near Rock Creek

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – A fire near Rock Creek campground in the Sierra National Forest is limiting access to the Minarets/Mammoth Pool Road and displacing campers. About 100 acres have burned since the fire was reported about 6 a.m. this morning by the lookout at Shuteye Peak. The Incident Commander is reporting via radio that there is a potential for ...

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Fresno Forest Service Crew At Nelder Grove

NELDER GROVE – A half-mile hike into Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias yesterday revealed the presence of about 20 Sierra National Forest firefighters, hard at work. The Fresno 4 Crew is on detail at this location off Sky Ranch Road, just past the turnoff to Calvin Crest, working to restore the forest to its natural state. They are also available ...

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Fire Burns Nearly 5 Acres Near Mariposa

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A vegetation fire in the Buckeye Road area southwest of Mariposa yesterday caused concern for residents and some short-term road closures. Initial reports came in at 1:23 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, of a fire burning just off Old Highway near Bridgeport Drive. A full wildland response was dispatched, including aircraft and dozers, and road closures were ...

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String Of Fires Burns In Cedar Valley

OAKHURST – Smoke rising over the mountains north of Oakhurst and the sounds of sirens racing up Highway 41 got everyone’s attention just after 7 p.m. this evening. A full wildland dispatch was called up for a series of fires along Lewis Creek off Deer Run Trail Road on Tuesday, July 8. Dubbed the Allen Incident, there were reportedly nine ...

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Early Morning Fire On Jean Road West

OAKHURST – Residents along John West/Jean Road West were awakened once again in the early morning hours to the sounds of fire engines rumbling by. At 12:46 a.m. on Monday, July 7, a full wildland dispatch was called up for a fire on Jean Road West at Scott Road. Neighbors who saw the flames alerted others who began spreading the ...

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Fire Restrictions On Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest will be implementing forest-wide fire restrictions. Higher fuel temperature, dry fuel conditions, severe drought, and an increase in fire activity on the forest and nationwide has led to this decision. Restrictions are in place in all areas on the Sierra National Forest, including the wilderness. Campfires and barbecues are only allowed in developed campgrounds ...

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Quick Work By Neighbors Saves Cascadel Home

NORTH FORK – Quick thinking and some cool heads probably kept a structure fire in the Cascadel Woods area from turning into a disaster. Marie and Chris Iden were loading a bar-b-que into a pickup with the help of friend Simon Elman at about 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, when Simon’s ever-present scanner crackled to life with a report ...

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