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Cooling Temperatures, Increased Humidity Aid Firefighting

CALIFORNIA — Cooling temperatures this week could help firefighters continue to make progress on 13 large wildfires burning in the State, while the number of fatalities due to fire has increased by one since our last report. The death toll rose to 42 yesterday, after authorities located another victim of the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County. Meanwhile, the identity of a ...

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Progress Made Toward Wildfire Containment, Death Toll Rises

CALIFORNIA — Firefighters beat back flames on several fronts overnight, as crews worked to prepare for gusty winds. Some Red Flag Warnings have now been lifted, and containment numbers have dramatically increased on some of the fires, while crews continue the effort to locate and identify those who have perished. Tragically, the death toll has now risen to 40, and officials ...

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More Than 12,000 Firefighters Battling 19 Large Wildfires

CALIFORNIA — The lack of resources and the limited air power on the Railroad Fire is frustrating. However, communities across the state are in the same situation as 19 large wildfires, and countless smaller ones, demand response. Adding to the challenges is the near record-breaking heat, and humidity levels dipping down into the single digits. In the northern part of ...

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Mountain House Nears Completion (No, Really!)

OAKHURST– People driving by the Mountain House may have noticed improvements to the iconic building located on the corner of Highway 41 and Bass Lake Road 222, and wondered when the project will be complete. Will it be a restaurant or an office space? General contractor Steve Gabbard, owner of Oakhurst-based Sun Construction, is happy to clear up some of ...

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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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California Boat Operators Will Be Required To Obtain Boater Card

CALIFORNIA — If you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways, take note: beginning Jan. 1, 2018, boaters 20 years of age and younger are the first group that must carry a California Boater Card when on state waterways. The requirement that California boat operators obtain a Boater Card will be phased in over the next seven years. Lifetime cards ...

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New Cigarette Tax Takes Effect

SACRAMENTO — Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death and disease in California. About 3.1 million, or one out of nine, California adults smoke, and an estimated 34,000 Californians die from smoking-related diseases each year. On April 1, the tax on a pack of cigarettes will increase $2, from $0.87 to $2.87. This increase is a result of ...

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Nine Wildfires Burning Across California

CALIFORNIA — Over 4,000 firefighters are battling nine large wildfires across California. Yesterday, new fires erupted in Nevada and San Bernardino county. Firefighters are making good progress on both of these fires, while continuing to gain containment on the remaining blazes across the state. Gusty winds and poor humidity recovery, particularly in the Sacramento Valley and foothills, continue in the ...

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Berryhill And Bigelow Staff Hold Local Office Hours

COUNTY — Representatives from the offices of Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow will hold mobile district hours together in Coarsegold and Oakhurst next month. Staff will be available to hear from the public their opinions on legislation, or to help with problems individuals may have with state agencies such as DMV, EDD, and others. The joint office hours will be on Wednesday, Aug. ...

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Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On State Wildfires

CALIFORNIA — While the Broken Fire in Coarsegold is 100 percent contained, there are over 3,600 firefighters battling 10 major wildfires across California. Mild temperatures have given firefighters the opportunity to gain the upper hand on containing five large fires over the past couple of days. Temperatures will continue to remain below normal, but high winds and low humidity is ...

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