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Crane Valley Hot Shots Cancelled From Puerto Rico Assistance

NORTH FORK — As often happens when crews are called up for an incident – whether fire or hurricane – the Crane Valley Hot Shots were released back to their duty station after gearing up to assist in the Puerto Rico disaster. The 20-person crew responded last Saturday to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., ready and willing to ...

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Loss Of A Gem: History Burns In Railroad Fire

OAKHURST — Fire steals, even from those who fight it. It robs creatures of habitat, takes possessions, property, land, and sometimes, life. Fire also gives back: flames can be restorative, over time, for overgrown forests filled with beetle-infested, drought-plagued timber. Fire makes way for fledgling trees and new families of fauna to thrive on once-sterile ground. And fire can remind ...

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Railroad Fire Nears Full Containment, More Crews Released

OAKHURST — The Railroad Fire continues to hold at 12,407 acres and is now 98 percent contained. Activity is winding down at the Incident Command Post at the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park, and there will be a lot of work done to return the park to its pre-fire condition once the fire camp has been fully dismantled. Demobilization continues as ...

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Railroad Fire Transitions Back To Local Management Team

OAKHURST — As activity winds down on the Railroad Fire, crews continue to be demobilized to return to their home units or be made available for other fires in the region. The fire is still holding at 12,407 acres and is now 87 percent contained. The Railroad Fire will transition to a local Sierra National Forest Type 3 management organization ...

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Forest Closure On Bass Lake Ranger District Due To Railroad Fire

CLOVIS – A Forest Closure Order will be implemented in the Sierra National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 12, on the Bass Lake Ranger District. This order is deemed necessary to protect public safety as efforts get underway to repair the damage which occurred during the suppression of the Railroad Fire, say Forest Officials. The Railroad Fire has burned 12,407 acres since ...

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Calvin Crest And Nelder Grove Survive Railroad Fire

OAKHURST — Firefighters are making very good progress on the Railroad Fire, which is now estimated at 12,407 acres and is 75 percent contained. Fireline has been completed around the entire perimeter (see large map at end of article) and crews continue to do mop-up and hit hot spots near the fire’s edge. Smoke will still be visible in some areas ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Cedar Valley, Residents Only

OAKHURST — Evacuation orders for the community of Cedar Valley have been lifted as of noon today. Also, the advisory for Road 620 (Bissett Station) has been lifted. The Cedar Valley area is open to residents only. Road 620 Roads Advisory Lifted: Road 620 Old Yosemite Road Whittenburg Road White Tail Lane Leaning Pine Lane Sunshine Mountain Road Stage Coach ...

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Railroad Fire Holds Just Over 12,000 Acres, Now 70% Contained

OAKHURST — As evacuated residents return to their homes and Highway 41 reopens to the public, firefighters continue their work to contain the Railroad Fire, still actively burning along the east side near Big Sandy. The Railroad Fire is now estimated at 12,358 acres and is 70 percent contained. There are currently 1,020 personnel assigned to the incident. Over the ...

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Happy Days, Highway 41 From Oakhurst To Yosemite Opens!

OAKHURST — After more than 10 days with the most traveled route into Yosemite National Park closed down due to a wildfire, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the roadway will reopen at 2 p.m. today. Motorists should use caution while traveling in the area while fire equipment and firefighters continue operations. All turnouts and parking areas between ...

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