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Horse Owners Working Together In A Crisis

NORTH FORK – When wildfire threatens, those who own large animals are faced with decisions that go beyond what they will do to protect their family and their home. Evacuating horses presents a completely unique set of problems. Equine Emergency Evacuation (Triple E) is an all volunteer organization of mountain area residents who have come together to provide emergency evacuation ...

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New Citizens On Patrol Sworn In

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is honored to announce eight new volunteers have been added to the ranks of the more than 40-member-strong unit of Madera County’s nationally recognized Citizens On Patrol. Sheriff Anderson hosted a swearing-in ceremony in the Madera Ranchos Monday night, June 17, where graduates of Class XIX were formally recognized by both the Madera County ...

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Injured Kayaker Rescued In The High Country

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson announced moments ago the successful rescue of an injured kayaker who was hoisted out of the high country at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet. Michael Tate, 33, of Sacramento, was kayaking down the San Joaquin River late Tuesday afternoon, June 18, when he reportedly went over a 10 foot waterfall, injuring himself as ...

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Some Residents Can Return Home Near Carstens Fire

MARIPOSA – As of Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m., officials are reporting that the Carstens Fire is 40% contained. The fire has burned 1,888 acres and no structures have been damaged. Over 1,000 residents were asked to evacuate the area. There are still over 1,100 firefighters, 62 fire engines, 16 dozers and 30 law enforcement officers assigned to the ...

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Sheriff Seeks Public's Help Re: Ignition Of Carstens Fire

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for any information about the unattended campfire that investigators believe may have started the 1,800+ acre Carstens fire in the Midpines/Jerseydale area. The fire started on Sunday, June 16, just after 2 p.m., and has caused wide-spread closures and evacuations, with some 1,000 people being displaced from their homes.

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Unattended Campfire The Cause Of Carstens Fire

MIDPINES – Cal Fire is reporting that the cause of the Carstens wildfire near Midpines was an unattended campfire. The huge fire, which started on Sunday afternoon, has now burned over 1,600 acres and forced the evacuation of 1,900 residents from about 800 homes.

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Fire Closes Highway 41 For Hours

O’NEALS – A grass fire burning on both sides of Highway 41 closed the road in both directions for about three hours on Monday, June 17. Crews were dispatched at around 1:30 p.m to a vegetation fire on the west side of the Highway 41 just south of Road 200. The fire, though small in size, jumped the road and ...

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Pot Growers Blamed For Chiquito Creek Fire

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) completed a marathon mission on Wednesday, June 12, eradicating nearly 15,000 marijuana plants in two separate grow sites in the Sierra National Forrest. Working at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet, it took agents 12 hours to not only haul out thousands of marijuana plants, but reclaim ...

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Lushmeadows Now Being Evacuated For Carstens Fire

MARIPOSA – Over 800 firefighters continue battling a large wildfire in the Jerseydale area north of Mariposa today, dealing with steep terrain, tinder dry brush and narrow access roads. Crews continue to roll into staging areas, and air tankers and helicopters worked overhead all day making water and retardant drops on the flames.

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Oakhurst Women Arrested As Squatters

MADERA COUNTY – Two Oakhurst women spent part of this past weekend behind bars after deputies found the pair camping behind a business off Highway 49 and Meadow Vista Drive in Oakhurst. Nichole Heck, 19, and Roxanne Castagnetto, 37, were taken into custody Friday and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections for trespassing.

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