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Women Survive Plunge Down Steep Embankment

BASS LAKE — Two women were lucky to survive a plunge off a a wet mountain road down a steep embankment near Bass Lake this afternoon. At approximately 2:45 p.m. today, the two women were eastbound on Road 274, just west of the turnoff to The Pines Resort, traveling in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. It was raining and the roads ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Jan. 15

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Jan. 9 to Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017: Oakhurst fraud On Monday, Jan. 9 at 9:38 a.m. a deputy received a report of the unlawful use of a bank access information in the 49000 block of River Park Road. Report taken. Raymond welfare check ...

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North Fork Man Allegedly Starts Own House On Fire

NORTH FORK — Residents on Willow Creek Drive have just been through a week of threats from the rising waters of Willow Creek, but this evening the threat was from fire. Just after 7:30 p.m., reports came in that a man had built up a pile of debris on his porch and lit it on fire. According to neighbors, they ...

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All Evacuation Warnings Officially Lifted For North Fork

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is happy to announce that all evacuation warnings for Madera County related to the recent flood activity are officially lifted. North Fork residents were advised to be prepared to evacuate on Sunday evening, Jan. 8, and in the early hours of Monday morning, a mandatory evacuation order was sent out ...

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Teens Rescued After Falling Into Icy River

COARSEGOLD — A handful of teenagers have fortunately survived a river adventure that ended in a cold water rescue. At approximately 6 p.m., emergency crews were dispatched to reports of four teens in the water after an incident in the Fresno River just off Road 400, about one-quarter mile south of Yosemite Springs Parkway. According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, ...

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North Fork Evacuations Lifted, Warning Remains In Effect

NORTH FORK — Residents in North Fork who have been evacuated since Monday due to rising water levels in Willow Creek are now being allowed to return home. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for Church Street and the Bass Lake Mobile Home Park. County agencies have been out to evaluate homes impacted by the ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Jan. 8

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Jan. 2 to Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017: Oakhurst robbery and carjacking On Monday, Jan. 2 at 1:46 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Best Western Hotel located in Oakhurst on CA-41, regarding a report of a robbery and a carjacking. During ...

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Heavy Rains Hit North Fork, Evacuation Warning Still In Place

NORTH FORK — A torrential downpour this morning kept residents on edge as more rain created dangerous conditions for those traveling the roadways in a town that has already had some residents evacuated. County Roads and CHP officers were busy responding to reports of mudslides and flooded roadways, as Sheriff’s deputies continue to monitor water levels and notify residents in ...

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Portions Of North Fork Evacuated As Creeks Overflow

NORTH FORK — Residents are now being evacuated from the lower-lying areas of North Fork as water levels continue to rise in both the north and south forks of Willow Creek. The north fork of Willow Creek runs through the concentrated, low-lying residential areas of North Fork, and is fed by Manzanita Lake, just below Bass Lake Dam. The south ...

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Sheriff Elevates Advisory To Evacuation Warning For North Fork

NORTH FORK — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is elevating the pre-evacuation advisory issued earlier this evening, and is now issuing an Evacuation Warning for the following areas: -Road 222 between Railroad Grade Road and Road 200 -Road 226 between Keller Road and Road 222 -Manzanita Lake Drive -Old Central Camp Road between Road 222 and ½-mile west of Road ...

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