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Cooling Centers Open In The Mountains

MADERA COUNTY – The County of Madera has established the following locations as Cooling Centers during times of extreme summer heat. The Centers will be open the days and times as indicated on the list below. Other Centers may be opened on an “as needed” basis and will be announced through the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

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Extreme Heat Forecast Over The Weekend

CALIFORNIA – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Special Weather Statement, alerting residents of an excessive heat warning and the chance for thunderstorms across the Sierra Nevada. Strong high pressure building across the region will result in very hot temperatures later in the week with record high temperatures likely at many locations on Friday and Saturday.

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No Burning Allowed Says Cal Fire

MADERA COUNTY – All burning has been suspended in the State Responsibility Area of Madera County as of Saturday, June 1, according to The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) in cooperation with Madera County Fire Department The burn suspension is necessary due to the lack of rainfall and higher than normal temperatures the ...

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Marijuana Grows Destroyed in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was busy last week dealing with large marijuana grows in Mariposa County. On Thursday, May 30, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a large marijuana garden located on private property in the area of the Mormon Bar community.

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Free Events for Home Gardeners in June

MADERA – Madera County Master Gardeners will host two free events for home gardeners in June. • On Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, attend a workshop on home irrigation systems, presented by Master Gardeners Barbara Mattice and Jim Espinola. Learn to keep your garden green while saving water, time and money on your water bill.

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Burglars Ransack Two North Fork Businesses

NORTH FORK – When Claudia Box planned to take a couple days off over Memorial Day weekend, she didn’t plan on spending them cleaning up the mess that burglars made of her store. Claudia closed up shop at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, looking forward to two days of gardening and working around the property.

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Early Morning Fire At Cedar Valley

CEDAR VALLEY – A fire that started some time around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning was stopped at less than one-quarter acre thanks to quick response from firefighters and a lot of defensible space by the property owner. Firefighters were dispatched to a home on Lazy Oak Drive, when the homeowner looked out his window and saw flames behind his ...

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Area Blanketed With Smoke From Lakes Fire

COARSEGOLD – As the skies along Road 415 from Coarsegold became hazy, and the smell of smoke permeated the air, residents once again wondered “where’s the fire?” At 1:31 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, the first of dozens of calls began coming in about a fire on Road 400 just south of Road 415.

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Major Accident At The Mountain House

OAKHURST – Traffic was snarled for over an hour today at the Bass Lake turnoff north of Oakhurst when two vehicles collided in front of the Mountain House. At 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, Forrest Reyes, 27, of Oakhurst, was southbound on Highway 41 in a 2004 Honda Civic when he made a turn into the Mountain House parking ...

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Man Trapped in Car After Crash

NORTH FORK – A driver who swerved off the road near Thornberry last night may have spent hours unconscious in his car. Joe Clarke, 65, of Bass Lake, called friends at about 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, telling them that he was on his way to Coarsegold to pick them up. When he didn’t arrive, they began to worry.

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