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Crash On Icy Curve Slows Morning Traffic On Road 200

NORTH FORK — Icy roads and speeds too fast for conditions likely contributed to a single-vehicle crash just west of Bass Fork Minit Market this morning. Just after 7 a.m., reports came in of a solo vehicle off the roadway on Road 200 just west of Hadley Road. A neighbor heard the crash and hurried to the scene to assist ...

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Car Catches Fire As New Owner Drives It Home

NORTH FORK — A woman who had just purchased a 2001 Saturn didn’t get to enjoy it long before it caught fire and burned to the ground. At 6:30 p.m., firefighters and CHP were dispatched to reports of a car on fire on Bonnie B Road (Road 224) just north of Wilcox Drive. When crews arrived at scene they found ...

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Highway 41 Temporarily Closed To Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Highway 41 is temporarily closed in both directions near the south gate of Yosemite National Park, as crews wait for a break in the weather in order to continue assessment of a seriously compromised roadway, following a series of storms. “SR-41 is officially closed in both directions where the shoulder washout occurred,” says Caltrans spokeman Cory Burkarth. “This ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Feb. 19

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017: Fish Camp lost firearm On Monday, Feb. 13 at 4:33 p.m. a deputy was dispatched via telephone for a reported;y lost firearm. There are no leads in this case, and report was written and the ...

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Pre-Evacuation Advisory Issued For Areas Of North Fork

NORTH FORK —  Once again, residents of the low-lying areas of North Fork are being told to be prepared to evacuate if conditions warrant. There has been an increased discharge of water from Bass Lake. With this information, the Sheriff’s Office is issuing a Pre-Evacuation Advisory for the following areas: -Road 222 between Railroad Grade Road and Road 200 -Road ...

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Suspect Bails After Motorcycle Chase In North Fork

NORTH FORK — A high speed motorcycle chase in the North Fork area ended with one person on the way to the hospital, and another still at large. At about 1:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputy Ian Roth initiated a stop in downtown North Fork on a 2004 KTM motorcycle, for an unregistered vehicle. The driver, described as a male, about 6′ ...

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Evacuation Warnings Officially Lifted, More Rain Coming

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office official lifted all evacuation warnings related to the recent flood activity at 5:30 p.m. today. While residents likely breathed a sigh of relief as rains abated, there is more precipitation in the forecast, starting on Thursday afternoon. With the ground saturated and periods of rain predicted into the weekend, those in low-lying ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Feb. 12

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017: Coarsegold theft On Monday, Feb. 6 at 7:05 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 46000 block of Lucky Lane regarding a report of a theft. This case has been closed, pending investigative leads. Coarsegold ...

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Firefighters Say We’re Gambling With People’s Lives

OAKHURST – “As residents of this county we’ve been gambling that nobody in our public safety ranks would lose their life in the line of duty, and we can’t keep going on like we’ve been going.” These are the sentiments expressed by firefighters and sheriff’s deputies as they gathered today at the old Blockbuster in Oakhurst before heading out to ...

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Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted In North Fork

NORTH FORK – Residents who have been under a mandatory evacuation order on Church Street and at the Bass Lake Mobile Home Park in North Fork are being allowed to return home. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the order, saying County agencies have been out to evaluate homes impacted by the flood. If you were not contacted, your ...

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