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Empire Fire In Yosemite Now Nearly 1,800 Acres

YOSEMITE — While attention has been focused on the South Fork Fire which prompted the evacuation of Wawona last Saturday, the Empire Fire continues to burn near Bridalveil Campground, which is closed to the public to house South Fork Fire firefighters. The Empire Fire was reported on Aug. 1, and has grown to 2,013 acres – up from 1,200 acres ...

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Growth Of South Fork Fire Slows, Evacuations Lifted

YOSEMITE — With the success of the burning operations on the west flank of the South Fork Fire, residents are being allowed to return to their homes this morning in the community of Wawona. Residents, homeowners and employees will be required to provide identification before being allowed to enter. The area will remain closed to the public until Thursday, Aug. ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Wawona Tomorrow

YOSEMITE — Residents of the community of Wawona who were evacuated on Saturday are being allowed to return to their homes. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the mandatory evacuation order for residents and employees only will be lifted at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Residents, homeowners and employees will be required to provide identification before being allowed ...

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South Fork Fire Now 3,800 Acres, Evacuations Still In Place

YOSEMITE — Firing operations on the South Fork Fire have proceeded according to plan as crews continue to focus on protecting the community of Wawona. The fire is now estimated at 3,820 acres with 17 percent containment. There are 765 personnel assigned to the incident including 22 hand crews, 7 helicopters and 20 engines, with air tankers as available. There ...

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South Fork Fire Now Just 1/4 Mile From Wawona

YOSEMITE — Wawona residents evacuated from their homes on Saturday can only watch and wait for a change in the erratic weather that has increased activity on the west flank of the South Fork Fire. The fire is now estimated at 3,473 acres with 10 percent containment. As the threat to the community of Wawona has grown with the daily ...

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South Fork Fire Nearly 3,200 Acres, Wawona Evacuated

YOSEMITE — After increased fire activity on the west flank of the South Fork Fire forced residents of Wawona from their homes yesterday morning, they gathered at the Tenaya Lodge last night to hear from fire officials about the current situation. Incident Commander Deron Mills assured everyone that the decision to evacuate was not taken lightly. “We struggled with this ...

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Wawona Being Evacuated Due To South Fork Fire

YOSEMITE — A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for the community of Wawona inside Yosemite National Park due to increased activity on the west flank of the South Fork Fire. The evacuation order is for all areas east of Highway 41 along Chilnualna Falls Road and Forest Drive, including the Big Trees Lodge. Residents and visitors must vacate by ...

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South Fork Fire Now 2,900 Acres With 10 Percent Containment

YOSEMITE —  Crews made good progress on the South Fork Fire yesterday, constructing hand line on the west flank of the fire north of Wawona Dome. The fire is now estimated at 2,903 acres with 10 percent containment. There are 528 personnel assigned to the incident including 13 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 11 engines and 3 air tankers. UPDATE 11 ...

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It’s ON: Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Department Deep Pit BBQ

OAKHURST – About 600-pounds of meat has been delivered for the much-anticipated Cedar Valley Fire Department Deep-Pit BBQ this weekend, and since so many people are looking for opportunities to support our firefighting community — this is the way to go. The event is on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. The Cedar Valley Fire ...

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South Fork Fire Continues To Move Away From Wawona

YOSEMITE — The South Fork Fire continues to move away from the community of Wawona as crews strengthen the fireline on the west flank and hold it to the north of the Merced River. There was no fly-over with updated estimates overnight, so the fire is still estimated at 2,407 acres with 7 percent containment. There are currently 512 personnel ...

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