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Ten Large Wildfires Burning Across California

CALIFORNIA — Over 12,300 firefighters are battling 10 large wildfires in California. Despite mild temperatures yesterday, dry and gusty conditions allowed for two new fires to spread quickly and force evacuations in Butte and Kern counties. This weekend the weather is expected to remain relatively mild as it has over the past week. Dry conditions will continue in many areas ...

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What’s That “Smoke” Near Cascadel Woods?

NORTH FORK — For several mornings, people have been reporting a smoke up near Cascadel Woods, near Forest Road 8S09. Just to put residents at ease, we want to let you know that it’s actually dust being created by masticators chewing up branches as the Forest Service contractors work to keep the area around that mountain community free of ladder ...

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Wildfires Char Over 417,000 Acres In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 6 large wildfires in California. This morning firefighters were able to contain the destructive Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County which has been burning since Aug. 12. The Blue Cut Fire burned an estimated 321 structures, including 105 homes, making it the 20th most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Last week firefighters ...

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Help Decide How Federal Dollars Are Spent

CLOVIS – The Fresno County/Madera County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to join a committee to provide guidance for Federal dollars to be used in each of the two Counties. President Clinton signed into law the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. This Act was designed to restore ...

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Hunting Season Starts In Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — As hunting season begins, the Forest Service prepares for the arrival of hunters from all over California. Archery season for deer begins Aug. 20 and will run until Sept. 11. General hunting season begins Sept. 17 and ends Oct. 30. For more information regarding hunting please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/. Currently the Sierra National Forest has fire restrictions ...

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Crews Respond To Fire Near Lions Point

NORTH FORK — Crews responded to reports of a vegetation fire burning near Lions Point, northeast of North Fork on the Mammoth Pool Road above Redinger Lake. At about 1:45 p.m., reports came in that workers doing dozer work in the area had started a fire, and crews, engines and the helicopter out of Batterson Work Camp were dispatched. Sierra ...

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Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On State Wildfires

CALIFORNIA — While the Broken Fire in Coarsegold is 100 percent contained, there are over 3,600 firefighters battling 10 major wildfires across California. Mild temperatures have given firefighters the opportunity to gain the upper hand on containing five large fires over the past couple of days. Temperatures will continue to remain below normal, but high winds and low humidity is ...

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Marijuana Grower Sentenced In Saginaw Creek Case

FRESNO — One defendant was sentenced and one pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to cultivate marijuana in the Sierra National Forest in Madera County with the intent to distribute, announced Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert. Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 38, of Pihuamo, Jalisco, Mexico, was sentenced on Tuesday by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to three years ...

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Correction To Campground Closures At Bass Lake

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest has released a correction on the status of campgrounds in the area, including those at Bass Lake. Little Denver Church and Denver Church picnic area on the Bass Lake Ranger District will remain closed due to hazardous tree removal projects that are still being completed to make the campground safer for the public. Gigantea ...

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Over 73,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated In 3-Day Campaign

NORTH FORK — Law enforcement officials have just completed three days of marijuana eradication operations in the North Fork area, destroying over 73,000 plants being grown, for the most part, on public lands. A joint effort between the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, BLM and the California National Guard started on Monday, wrapping up ...

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