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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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Why Isn’t This Monstrous Plane Fighting Fires?

MARIPOSA — With fire officials struggling for enough resources to adequately fight the Detwiler Fire now threatening Mariposa, one may wonder why there aren’t more VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers) available to knock this thing down. On July 17, CBSNews posted the following story about a massive firefighting aircraft  — a converted Boeing 747 jet, nicknamed the SuperTanker — and ...

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Some Day Parking Reservations Still Available In Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE — There are a limited number of day parking reservations still available for visitors planning a trip to Yosemite Valley on weekends this August. Securing a free day parking reservation in Yosemite Valley will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience during weekends in August, the park’s busiest month, say park officials. These reservations are free (with a $1.50 service fee per ...

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Smoke From 12 Large Wildfires Causing Health Concerns

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — Smoke from the Whittier (Santa Barbara County), Alamo (San Luis Obispo County), and Garza (Kings County) fires is affecting air quality in all locations throughout the San Joaquin Valley, from San Joaquin County to the Valley portion of Kern County. Smoke from the Schaeffer Fire located in Tulare County is affecting air quality in the foothill and ...

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PG&E Gives New Life To Dead Trees At Burning Man

With the massive die-off of trees across the Central Sierra, it is great news to hear that some of those dead trees will be put to good use. The following is the story of some of those logs, and their circuitous journey to the deserts of Nevada for the annual event — Burning Man. “Last winter, the group that won ...

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Major Price Increase For Senior Pass To National Parks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016, the price of the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. The change will take effect Aug. 28, 2017. Pass holders are given lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks. ...

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Heat Challenges Firefighters Battling 13 Wildfires In California

CALIFORNIA — Approximately 7,000 firefighters are battling 13 large wildfires in California, as temperatures remain in the extreme range. Most wildfires are human-caused, and many are sparked along our roadways. These fires can be prevented by practicing a few safety measures. Don’t drag any parts and make sure to secure chains when towing. Check tire pressure and properly maintain brakes ...

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El Portal Highway 140 Into Yosemite Has Been Reopened

YOSEMITE — The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has been reopened following a rockslide earlier today. The roadway was closed several hours ago after a rockslide near Dog Rock was reported. We will update if conditions change. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, and 1 again) to check on road status.  

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