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Fire Officials Talk To Residents About South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — The community of Wawona gathered last night to hear from fire officials and law enforcement about suppression efforts and evacuation plans for the South Fork Fire. The fire is now estimated at 2,407 acres with 7 percent containment. Incident Commander Deron Mills of the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is also the Deputy Fire Chief in Yosemite, ...

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Update On The South Fork Fire Wednesday 6 PM

YOSEMITE — For the third straight day, residents and visitors on the southern end of Yosemite National Park woke to a haze from the smoke of the South Fork Fire. The smoke had lifted by this afternoon in the community of Wawona, where residents are still in a preparation mode for any possible evacuation. However, the fire is not directly ...

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Yosemite Announces Closure Of Trails In South Fork Fire Area

YOSEMITE — As the South Fork Fire continues to threaten the areas surrounding the community of Wawona, certain trails have been closed to the public. “In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating the following area as closed until further notice is given: ...

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Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintended of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title ...

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Empire Fire Burning In Yosemite, Smoke May Be Visible

YOSEMITE — Residents of the areas surrounding Yosemite National Park may be seeing smoke from a lightning-caused fire inside the park. The Empire Fire was reported on the night of July 31, and is currently estimated at 147 acres. This fire is being managed for multiple objectives — both protection and resources, say park officials. The Empire Fire is approximately ...

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Campground And Services Now Open In Tuolumne Meadows

YOSEMITE — After a long winter of heavy snowfall and delayed openings along Highway 120 (Tioga Pass), things are now bustling at Tuolumne Meadows. The Tuolumne Meadows Store is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill opened for the season on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The Hikers Bus and the Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle ...

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Will The Largest And Fastest Firefighting Plane Soon Be Put To Work?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  As fire officials on the Detwiler Fire made requests for more VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers), and people learned about this massive firefighting plane — the SuperTanker — just sitting on the ground because it hadn’t been approved to fight fires by the U.S. Forest Service, people got angry, and then they got vocal. KKTV in ...

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Over 6,100 Firefighters Battle 11 Major Fires In California

CALIFORNIA — As firefighters continue to work on containing the current fires burning throughout California, reports of new fires keep coming. More than 6,100 firefighters are currently battling 11 significant wildfires across the state. (see list below) High temperatures and dry lightning present challenges and the potential for more starts. Northern California will be 3-5 degrees above normal today, but ...

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Rural Fire Fee Suspended As Part Of Cap-And-Trade Deal

CALIFORNIA — The “Rural Fire Fee” that property owners in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of California have been paying for the last six years is now a thing of the past. At least for now. The controversial fire prevention fee was part of the 2011-2012 state budget meant to raise some $84 million to offset costs to the California ...

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Stanislaus NF Restricts Use Of Fire On The Forest

STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST — With the extreme fire danger as evidenced by the Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County and fire hazard indices, the U.S. Forest Service, Stanislaus National Forest, has issued an order restricting the use of fire on the Forest. Effective July 20, 2017, restrictions are put on campfires, smoking, and the use of any open flame. The ...

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