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Cal Fire Increases Staffing Over Memorial Day

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, Cal Fire is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California ...

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CHP Out In Force Over Memorial Day – Buckle Up!

SACRAMENTO — Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, is the traditional start of summer and a time when more travelers and especially families will be on the go. When California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers take to the roads over the Memorial Day weekend, they will be working to save lives through seat belt education ...

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Sonora Pass Highway Opens For Summer Travel

TUOLOMNE COUNTY — For those who love the adventure of a road trip up and over Sonora Pass on Highway 108, pack up the car — summer is here! The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has removed the winter snow, cleared the debris and made the necessary repairs to open State Route 108 over Sonora Pass at noon today, Wednesday, ...

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USFS Joins Cal Fire In Wildfire Awareness Week Events

CALIFORNIA – The U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies will be joining Cal Fire for a series of events across the state to celebrate Wildfire Awareness Week, May 1-7. Despite near-normal rain and snowpack in some areas, long term drought conditions continue to affect large parts of the state, including many of California’s 18 national forests. Jeanne Wade Evans, ...

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Cal Fire Declares Wildfire Awareness Week

SACRAMENTO – After a destructive fire season in 2015, conditions in California are already drying out prompting Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to declare May 1-7, 2016 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” During Wildfire Awareness Week, Cal Fire is stressing the critical role all Californians play in preparing for fire season now. “The rain we received this winter and spring has ...

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Burning In Mariposa County Now Requires Permit

MARIPOSA COUNTY —  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1, all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in Mariposa County. Permits are required year round in Madera County. The following guidelines are required when conducting a hazard reduction burn: Property owners conducting hazard ...

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Glacier Point Road Opens For Season In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season to automobile traffic on, Tuesday, Apr. 19, at 9 a.m. The Glacier Point Store will not be open yet, but sources say it should open in early May. Vault toilets will be available for visitors before then. Bridalveil Creek Campground is closed, and will open ...

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Madera County Receives Cal Fire Funds To Plant Trees

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire along with California ReLeaf, has announced that community groups across the state will receive $385,000 in funding for tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Program. Individual grants range from $18,500 to $70,000 and were funded by a grant awarded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) ...

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Rural Fire Fee Funds Local Prevention Projects

SACRAMENTO – Some of the monies collected from property owners in the mountain area through the yearly “rural fire fee” are slated to return to the community as grant funding for local projects. On Monday, Apr. 4, Cal Fire announced it had awarded an additional $3 million in grants throughout the state for a variety of fire prevention projects aimed ...

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Cal Fire Already Staffing Up For Fire Season

SACRAMENTO – With spring now taking hold in California, Cal Fire is already staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but Cal Fire says their firefighters are not letting their guard down; instead they are training for another ...

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