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Scenic Byway Open, Some Campgrounds Remain Closed

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – After the devastation of the French Fire along the Scenic Byway, the main roads have since been reopened to the public. Forest Road 81(Mammoth Pool/Minarets Road) is open, however some campgrounds in the area remain closed. Fish Creek, Rock Creek, Placer and Sweetwater campgrounds are closed. All campgrounds from Little Jackass and beyond are open. For ...

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Sheriff Thanks Teams Involved With Search & Rescue Mission

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson offered his thanks today for the tremendous support received during the recent Search & Rescue (SAR) mission in the Sierra National Forest. The joint operation, launched shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, was carried out by personnel from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Yosemite National Park and the California Highway Patrol. Five Madera ...

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Missing Hiker Located By Search & Rescue

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The search for Nick Goldman came to a successful end late last night, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Search & Rescue crews found him near the Quartz Mountain Trailhead. He is in stable condition. Due to pitch black darkness, volunteers stayed the night with Goldman and extracted him from the location at first light this morning. ...

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Stories From The French Fire – The Camp

NORTH FORK – It takes a village to support hundreds of firefighters battling thousands of acres of scorching flames, and that’s what has sprung up, literally overnight, at the Old Mill Site in North Fork. Nearly 1,700 firefighters, support staff, overhead and contractors are staged on the 135-acre compound managed by the North Fork Community Development Council, effectively doubling the ...

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French Fire Update August 6

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Crews are doing a great job of holding the line on the French Fire. New numbers this morning estimate it at 13,835 acres with 60% containment. The evacuation order has been lifted as of 9 a.m. today for residents living in the Arnold Meadow and Wagner’s Mammoth Pool Resort area. The Forest Service Area Road and ...

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Evacuations Lifted Tomorrow On French Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The French Fire has now burned an estimated 13,803 acres and is 60% contained. An evacuation order will be lifted on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m. for residents living in the Arnold Meadow and Wagner’s Mammoth Pool Resort area. The Forest Service Area Road and Trail Closure remains in effect and the area remains closed ...

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Cooler Temps Help Crews On French Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Crews made good progress overnight on the French Fire, aided by cloud cover and lower temperatures. The fire is now estimated at 13,267 acres with 30% containment. Ground crews and equipment continued line construction along the northwest perimeter of the fire, the area of greatest concern. Today crews will continue building and reinforcing containment lines on ...

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Search & Rescue Launched After Child Wanders Out Of Woods

FISH CAMP – Passengers on the Logger at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad were enjoying a brief stop at the half-way point of their trip into the Sierra National Forest near Fish Camp on Saturday, when they were stunned by the sight of an 8-year-old girl wandering out of the woods alone. It was about 1 p.m. and the ...

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French Fire Closures And Evacuations

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The French Fire, burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District near Rock Creek, has prompted the evacuation and closure of all campgrounds along Forest Road 81 (Minarets/Mammoth Pool Road). According to the Forest Service, the closure on Road 81 will be moved down to the Redinger Lake Overlook, about seven miles up from North Fork. Residents ...

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Fire Burning On Scenic Byway Near Rock Creek

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – A fire near Rock Creek campground in the Sierra National Forest is limiting access to the Minarets/Mammoth Pool Road and displacing campers. About 100 acres have burned since the fire was reported about 6 a.m. this morning by the lookout at Shuteye Peak. The Incident Commander is reporting via radio that there is a potential for ...

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