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Man Tries To Run Down Law Enforcement Officers

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A pursuit along Mariposa County roads ended with damage to a Sheriff’s unit, and a suspect in custody, charged with assault with a deadly weapon. On Sunday, June 11, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Mariposa Area California Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop a speeding vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 49 South near the Mariposa/Madera County line, ...

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Update On The Oakwood Fire

MADERA COUNTY — As firefighters continue to strengthen firelines and work hot spots in the interior of the Oakwood Fire, Cal Fire has updated the estimated acreage to 1,450 acres with 75 percent containment. The Incident Commander has received word from the Emergency Command Center that there is a weather system moving in that will likely bring wind and rain ...

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Highway 41 Reopens Through Oakwood Fire Area

MADERA COUNTY — Highway 41 will be reopened through the Oakwood Fire area at 6 a.m. this morning, after a 13-hour closure. The roadway was closed between Road 200 and Highway 145 at about 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon after the fire jumped the highway and smoke reduced visibility to about 40 feet. The Oakwood Fire started just before 1:30 p.m. ...

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Oakwood Fire Jumps Highway 41, Burns Past Rocky Cut

MADERA COUNTY — The Oakwood Fire, that started just before 1:30 p.m. this afternoon on the west side of Highway 41, has now jumped to the east side of the roadway, forcing the closure of the highway. Cal Fire confirms that the fire is now 600+ acres with 25 percent containment. At about 4:45 p.m., CHP implemented a hard closure, ...

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Highway 41 Closed Due To Smoke From Oakwood Fire

MADERA COUNTY — CHP is reporting that Highway 41 is being closed down between Road 200 and Highway 145 due to dense smoke from the Oakwood Fire. Smoke is blowing across the roadway, creating visibility problems and dangerous conditions for the public. Motorists are being diverted northbound at Highway 145, and southbound at Road 200. As of 4:45 p.m., the ...

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Oakwood Fire Still Growing In Size In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY — The Oakwood Fire, burning just west of Highway 41 off Road 209, is now estimated at 100 acres with 50 percent containment. The nearest address is 40988 Oakwood Road. (see map below) The fire was dispatched at 1:22 p.m., and reported at about 20 acres when the first firefighters arrived at scene. There are currently 22 engines, ...

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Vegetation Fire Burning Near Road 209 In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY — Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire burning along Road 209 near Road 406. At 1:22 p.m., seven engines, two ground crews, one water tender and a dozer were dispatched to the area near 40988 Oakwood Road, west of Highway 41 and south of Road 200. The Battion Chief first on scene reported the fire burning ...

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Massive Snow Damage At Tioga Pass Resort, May Not Open This Season

YOSEMITE — After a winter of heavy snowfall, news from one of the Yosemite area’s favorite lodging destinations — the Tioga Pass Resort (TPR) — is not good. Upon arriving at the resort on May 30 when the roadway was finally plowed enough to allow access, staff found the buildings buried beneath mountains of snow and were forced to cancel ...

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Weather Delays Some Campground Openings On Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – After an extraordinary winter on the Sierra National Forest (SNF), some campgrounds remain closed due to snow and rain amounts that haven’t been seen in years. Some campground closures are due to inaccessibility — with snow still measurable in feet in the higher elevations — extremely wet conditions, and damage to roads on the forest. In recognition of ...

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Snow Plows Reach The Top Of Tioga Pass In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — “Not long after this picture was taken, park road crews plowed their way to Tioga Pass!” is the announcement on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page. On Monday, June 6, National Park Service road crews plowing eastbound, and Caltrans road crews plowing westbound, met at Tioga Pass. “While this is exciting, we still have a lot of work ...

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