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Prescribed Burn Planned For Mariposa Grove In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire in the Mariposa Grove between Nov. 4 – 14, weather conditions permitting. Rangers expect to have a few days of smoke associated with this burn. Over 100 years of aggressive fire exclusion throughout the Sierra Nevada Range has dramatically altered forested ecosystems, say park officials. Historically, natural fires ...

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Yosemite National Park Expands The Park’s Museum Web Catalog

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has expanded and improved the Yosemite Museum’s Web Catalog to enhance the public’s ability to experience a wide variety of historically significant items. Visitors are invited to explore more than 2,000 catalog records for objects and images from the Yosemite Museum collection. These records include American Indian basketry, historic objects related to John Muir, and ...

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Four Charged With Arson For Burning Stolen Car, Sparking Pier Fire

TULARE COUNTY — District Attorney Tim Ward has announced criminal charges against four individuals for starting the Pier Fire by burning a stolen car. The Pier Fire charred nearly 37,000 acres east of Springville, Calif., from Aug. 29 to Sept 24. Isiac Renteria, 19, Richard Renteria, 21, Osvaldo Esparza-Guerrero, 20, and Breane Ojeda, 21, were arrested on Oct. 24. All ...

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Park Service Considers Raising Entry Fee To $70 During Peak Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. In a statement released yesterday, the NPS says the increase is “part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity. “Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for ...

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Dangerous Fire Weather Keeps Crews On High Alert

CALIFORNIA — After one of the deadliest and most destructive weeks in California’s history, firefighters are prepared for another significant wind event in Southern California. Some 4,300 firefighters remain on the front lines of 9 active wildfires, many of which are projected to be fully contained by the end of the week. Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots and perform ...

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Construction Delays In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — Visitors to Yosemite National Park should be aware of a number of construction projects that may cause delays in their travels. Yosemite Valley: Contractors continue work on Northside Drive between Sentinel Drive and the Yosemite Lodge crossing near Yosemite Falls. Currently they are installing curbs. Flaggers will control traffic, with one lane open at a time. Contractors also ...

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Rain Favors Firefighting Efforts In California

CALIFORNIA — Rain overnight and higher humidity today helped to reduce the State’s fire activity, with half-to-three-quarters of an inch falling in Northern California. Nearly 8,000 firefighters continue to battle nine active wildfires burning in California. The Tubbs Fire alone has broken the record as the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, and to date, 42 people have been confirmed ...

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Cooling Temperatures, Increased Humidity Aid Firefighting

CALIFORNIA — Cooling temperatures this week could help firefighters continue to make progress on 13 large wildfires burning in the State, while the number of fatalities due to fire has increased by one since our last report. The death toll rose to 42 yesterday, after authorities located another victim of the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County. Meanwhile, the identity of a ...

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Fire Situation Report: Driver Killed In Water Tender Rollover

CALIFORNIA — While progress continues to be made on fires burning in the state, with containment percentages on the rise and more evacuations lifted, one additional death is confirmed. A private water tender driver assigned to the Nuns Fire died in a vehicle rollover on Oakville Grade in Napa County, according to a statement from Cal Fire. That brings the total ...

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Progress Made Toward Wildfire Containment, Death Toll Rises

CALIFORNIA — Firefighters beat back flames on several fronts overnight, as crews worked to prepare for gusty winds. Some Red Flag Warnings have now been lifted, and containment numbers have dramatically increased on some of the fires, while crews continue the effort to locate and identify those who have perished. Tragically, the death toll has now risen to 40, and officials ...

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