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Hazard Tree Work Resumes Along Forest Roads and Trails

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On Feb. 14, the Sierra National Forest began work on a number of roadside public safety and forest health projects in Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. With the recent heavy rains making targeted areas inaccessible or the work too dangerous, crews had to wait for conditions to improve, and are now resuming operations. “We’re excited to ...

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Mariposa Storytelling Festival Welcomes David Novak

Written by Cara Goger–  MARIPOSA — Making his fourth appearance at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Storytelling Festival, gifted storyteller David Novak just had to be part of producer/ director, Marilyn Rudzik’s line-up for the 30th Mariposa Storytelling Festival’s Grand Finale Celebration, scheduled for Mar. 10 – 12. “Storyteller David Novak is an on-stage wizard, spinning his tales with wild ...

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Flood Watch Continues For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — A Flood Watch remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, says the National Weather Service in Hanford. The Flood Watch is for portions of central California including the following areas: Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno County foothills East Central San Joaquin Valley Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon Tulare County Foothill ...

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Congressman McClintock Town Hall Meeting

MARIPOSA — Congressman Tom McClintock will hold a town hall meeting in Mariposa on Tuesday, Feb.  21, and the public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Building A, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road. The Town Hall starts at 6 p.m. Information about upcoming town hall meetings can be found on the Congressman’s website ...

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Flash Flood Watch Issued For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a wide area of the central and southern Sierra from 4 a.m. today through 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. A strong and moist Pacific storm will bring widespread rain to much of the area Friday. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will lead ...

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Local Firefighters Ready To Assist With Oroville Dam Emergency

MARIPOSA — The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has personnel ready to respond if needed to assist in the Oroville area as thousands evacuate the area below the dam. Just before 5 p.m. yesterday, residents of Oroville and surrounding communities along the Feather River were ordered to leave immediately as officials feared the auxiliary spillway at the Oroville dam was ...

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Mud And Debris Causing Hazardous Driving Conditions

CENTRAL SIERRA — First responders have their hands full as continuing rains cause flooding, plus mud and debris slides all across the mountain area, with most of the incidents happening in Mariposa County. At this hour, there are numerous call-outs for hazards: Roadway Flooding on Highway 49 at Allred Road Roadway Flooding on Ben Hur Rd at Silver Bar Road ...

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Update On Flooding And Evac Advisories In The Foothills

MADERA COUNTY — The Cedar Valley area remains impacted by rains, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation advisory is still in effect for Lakeside Drive south of the Fire Station, Deer Run Trail Road, Lazy Oak Drive, and Cedar Place. Residents in these areas should be prepared to evacuate immediately if conditions change. The east side of Church Street ...

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Mariposa County Sandbag Locations

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office has put out a notification that sandbags are available for Mariposa County residents at two local fire stations: Mormon Bar Station 27 – 4621 Highway 49 South, Mariposa Don Pedro Station 24 – 9729 Merced Falls Road, Don Pedro Residents will need to bring their own shovel to fill the bags.

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Flash Flood Warning For Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Warning for central Mariposa County, central Madera County, east-central Merced County, southern Tuolumne County, northwestern Tulare County, central Fresno County, effective until 2:45 p.m. today. Local law enforcement officials have reported flooding due to heavy rain across the area. Estimated rainfall rates are one-quarter to one-half ...

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