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A Community That Loves Its History Wants It Back

Written by Michael Olwyler — Recently California lost its center, and the community of North Fork wants it back! A plaque describing the very center of the state was pried off a rock by vandals. The site, which was developed by the North Fork History Group (NFHG) and other partners, is on lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service near ...

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Winter Travel Safety Tips For Sierra National Forest

MOUNTAIN AREA – With the onset of winter, the Sierra National Forest encourages visitors to exercise caution when traveling through the Forest. Wind and snow accumulation increases the risk of trees falling, both those that have experienced recent tree mortality as well as green trees. These falling trees can impact roadways, picnic areas, trails and camping spots and parking areas. Forest ...

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History Group Responds To Theft Of “Exact Center” Plaque

Submitted by the North Fork History Group — Let’s go back in time for a few moments… REMEMBER in 1995, Huell Howser of the TV show “California’s Gold” visited North Fork to ask the question – is North Fork the exact center of California? Thanks to Fresno State University and the GPS equipment, the Cal Center, located on National Forest ...

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Agencies Respond To Campers Stranded In Snowstorm

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — What began as an exciting post-holiday trip to the mountains turned into quite an ordeal, and ultimately required the services of teams of rescuers this weekend. On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a call from some campers requesting assistance. According to the Sheriff’s Office, these campers had neglected to check the weather report ...

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Bass Lake Hazard Tree Project Burns

BASS LAKE — With crisp fall weather and recent rains, the Bass Lake Hazard Tree Project continues with some burning this week. Sierra National Forest Battalion Chief Burt Stalter says that on Tuesday, Nov. 1, crews concentrated on completing areas including the west side of Road 222 at the Forks Campground, Pine Slope day use, and Little Denver Church day use. ...

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Forest Service Personnel Train For Next Fire Season

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest is conducting an annual Emergency Vehicle Operating Training (EVOT) on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Avocado Lake in Fresno County between 8:30 am. and 5 p.m. The objective of this exercise is to provide training for safe and effective use of red lights and sirens and amber emergency lights for the upcoming fire season. The ...

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Fall And Winter Burning On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, is preparing to implement the fall/winter burning program, says District Ranger Denise Tolmie. Projects will consist of three activities: pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. “The objective of these prescribed burns are to reduce fuel loading from recent tree mortality fuel projects within the Wildland Urban Intermix and high ...

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Rain May Be Headed For Sacata Fire

FRESNO COUNTY — Crews continue their work on the Sacata Fire, burning north of Pine Flat Reservoir in tall grass, brush and native oaks. The fire, which was reported at 1 p.m. on Oct. 11, is now estimated at 1,959 acres with 50 percent containment. There are currently 561 personnel assigned to the incident, including 24 engines, 8 helicopters, 4 ...

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Crews Make Good Progress On Sacata Fire

FRESNO COUNTY — Smoke is still visible across many surrounding communities as the Sacata Fire near Pine Flat Reservoir moves into its fourth day. The fire, which was reported at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, has now grown to 1,700 acres with 35 percent containment. Fire officials report that good progress has been made as crews work to strengthen ...

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Sacata Fire Grows To Over 1,500 Acres

FRESNO COUNTY — The Sacata Fire, burning north of Pine Flat Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, has now grown to 1,502 acres with just 5 percent containment. The fire was reported at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and is burning in tall, dry grass west of Road 10S69 near Deep Creek, and east of Eagle Peak. There ...

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