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Firefighters Prep Homes Ahead Of Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – As residents in the Cascadel Woods and Douglas Ranger Station areas move out following this morning’s mandatory evacuation notice, firefighters have been rolling in. Their job is to go to each home and prepare it to be defended in the event that the Willow Fire does come through. Firefighters are moving flammable debris away from homes including ...

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Your Blue Moon

EARTH – You know that phrase, “once in a blue moon,” that people say when something comes around infrequently? Well, do whatever it is you’ve been putting off, because that blue moon — the second full moon in a single month — is happening on Friday, July  31 at 3:44 a.m. PST. That’s basically tonight, or tomorrow morning, depending on ...

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DA Says Formal Charges Delayed On Willow Fire

MADERA – Due to the expanding acreage and uncertain nature of the Willow Fire, Madera County District Attorney David Linn has announced that formal charges will not be filed this week as his office may not receive official reports from the US Forest Service until sometime next week. Formal charges will not be filed until all reports have been received ...

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Extreme Registration At Oakhurst Community College

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Community College Center will be participating in a State Center Community College District-wide Extreme Registration event: it’s a one-stop-shop to assist students in completing registration for the Fall 2015 semester. All new and returning students are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered at this special event. This year the Extreme Registration event will take ...

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Red Cross Opens Shelter For Willow Fire Evacuees

OAKHURST — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has opened a shelter to assist residents affected by the ongoing Willow Fire at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B. The Red Cross previously established an evacuation center in response to the Willow Fire, but because of new mandatory evacuations for the Cascadel Woods community, volunteers have set up ...

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Cascadel Woods And Douglas Ranger Station Ordered To Evacuate

NORTH FORK – Due to increased fire activity on the Willow Fire, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the Cascadel Woods community. This evacuation order includes all residences off of Cascadel Road (Road 233), Mission Drive, Peckinpah Acres Drive and Cascadel Woods subdivision. The Douglas Ranger Station Road mandatory evacuation has been expanded to include the remainder of ...

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Willow Fire Continues To Move South

NORTH FORK – The Willow Fire ran another half-mile to the south in the last 24 hours, continuing it’s push across Peckinpah Mountain, and running to the east toward Whiskey Falls. The fire stayed mostly to the top of the mountain, and didn’t come down the slope. There was also a fairly healthy run on the northern perimeter in the ...

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Willow Fire Pushes South

NORTH FORK – The Willow Fire was very active today, putting up huge columns of smoke and raising concerns as residents once again lined the roadways to watch trees torching and helicopters and tankers come and go in rapid succession. As of 9 p.m. there is no update on estimated acreage, still reported at 2,077 with 30 percent containment. New ...

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Pre-Evacuation Advisory for Cascadel Woods

NORTH FORK – Residents of Cascadel Woods should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. The Willow Fire remained active overnight due to the on-going hot and dry weather, pushing a half-mile south. Residents in the Cascadel Woods community, who are under a pre-evacuation advisory, should be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Due to the fire activity, fire managers ...

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Willow Fire Runs Half-Mile Overnight

NORTH FORK – The challenges continue on the southern perimeter of the Willow Fire, as it continues pushing its way across the South Fork Bluffs on the western face of Peckinpah Mountain. Now estimated at 2,077 acres with 30 percent containment, the fire’s southern division was characterized as “an interesting beast” during this morning’s briefing at the Incident Command Post ...

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