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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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Fire Restrictions In Place On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Those headed to the mountains for the holiday weekend should be aware that fire restrictions are now in place for the Sierra National Forest. Higher temperatures, drier fuel conditions, a large number of dead and dying trees, and an increase in fire activity within Region 5 has led to this decision. Fire Restrictions Prohibit: • Open ...

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Webinar Tuesday On Draft Forest Plans

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Anyone wishing to participate in the planning process is reminded that we are well into the 90-day public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Forest Plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. During this time, the USFS is holding public meetings, tribal forums and a webinar to engage with ...

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Firefighters Battle Blazes In California Heat Wave

CALIFORNIA — Over 4,700 firefighters are battling 6 active wildfires in California. Last week alone firefighters responded to over 250 new wildfires across the State. Since Jan. 1, Cal Fire and local and federal firefighters have responded to nearly 2,100 wildfires that have charred over 32,000 acres. Extreme temperatures this week, along with low humidity and gusty winds in many ...

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Public Comment Open For Forest Draft EIS

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The U.S. Forest Service has begun the 90-day public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Forest Plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. During this time, the USFS is holding public meetings, tribal forums and a webinar to engage with the public in discussions about these documents. Everyone is ...

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Crews Respond To Fire Near Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Residents and visitors to Bass Lake this morning heard a helicopter working in the area, and were understandably concerned, considering the high fire danger. Just after 9 a.m., reports came in of a smoke between Bass Lake and Central Camp. Sierra National Forest crews had to hike in to the location, where they found a 10 x ...

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Sierra National Forest Still Open For Reservations

CLOVIS – Due to the tree mortality issues the Sierra National Forest (SNF) is experiencing, there are various campgrounds that have been closed until tree removal projects can be completed by the Forest Service and their partners. Campers that had reservations in campgrounds that are now closed have been contacted and will be refunded. If you have not been contacted ...

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Forest Service EIS And Draft Plan Open For Public Comment

CLOVIS – The U.S. Forest Service is releasing the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and draft Forest Plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The Notice of Availability for these documents is expected to publish in the Federal Register May 27. This notice will initiate the 90-day public comment and review period, which includes 12 public meetings and ...

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