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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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Deadwood Fire Temporarily Closes Highway 41

OAKHURST — A vegetation fire on Deadwood between Oakhurst and Coarsegold caused the temporary closure of Highway 41 Sunday night. At about 9:17 p.m on Sunday, Oct. 15, firefighters were called out to respond to what the reporting party referred to as a “very large fire” on Highway 41 near Road 425C. The first engine on scene reported the grass ...

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Local Bus Filled With Love For Santa Rosa

OAKHURST — You needn’t look far to find that giving spirit that defines the foothills. Just one day ago, Dee Ann Smith at Discover Yosemite put out the call, asking for community help to fill a bus with snacks and water so it could be driven up to support firefighters and other responders in the hard-hit town of Santa Rosa, ...

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Help Fill The Bus With Rations For Santa Rosa

OAKHURST — Dee Ann Smith at Discover Yosemite says their office knows of at least 21 friends who’ve lost their homes due to fires burning in Santa Rosa, so they’re in touch with what people in the midst of this disaster need on a day-to-day basis, right now. In order to help out, they’ve decided to fill a bus with ...

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After The Fire: When Is The Best Time To Seed?

Why seed after a wildfire? Loss of vegetation leaves land vulnerable to increased runoff, erosion, and sedimentation. It also encourages weeds, degrades habitat, and impairs forest regeneration. Reestablishment of permanent vegetation provides long-term erosion control, may restore lost habitat values, and may help suppress noxious weed invasion after a wildfire. However it takes time and favorable climatic conditions to establish ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Firescaping Workshop

Written by Bob Labozetta — MARIPOSA — As is being witnessed now, wildland fire is the #1 natural disaster in Mariposa County, note members of Mariposa Master Gardeners. “Common to our Mediterranean climate at this time of year, wildfire is first and foremost among county residents’ concerns,” they say, asking, “How does one live in harmony within our natural wonderland ...

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Detwiler Suppression Repair Efforts Halted

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Suppression repair work on the Detwiler Fire has been suspended due to high fire danger. On Sunday, July 16, the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of Cal Fire responded to the Detwiler Fire, which started in the Hunters Valley are of Mariposa County. As of Tuesday, Aug. 8, the fire is 81,826 acres and 98 percent contained. Fire crews have ...

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Plan Now For Safe Pet Evacuation In Case Of Fire

MOUNTAIN AREA — When fire leads to evacuation, you may have only minutes to react. Notified via text or phone call, or even by a knock on the door, at that moment, you’re expected to grab and go. Quick — where are your pets? What do they need? A little advance planning will reduce stress and increase your chance of ...

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Pets And People Come Together In A Time Of Need

OAKHURST– The Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) has opened emergency animal shelters for small companion animals co-located with Red Cross shelters. Some larger animals are being sheltered at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds while others are at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds. “The first fire we did here was in 2013, called the Carstens Fire and we had about 70 to ...

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Local VOAD Drive-Through Drop-Off For Fire Donations

OAKHURST — Now several days into ongoing evacuations from the Detwiler Fire burning in Mariposa County, local relief agencies are busy coordinating efforts on behalf of those who are temporarily displaced. The Red Cross has set up sanctioned shelters at three locations in the Oakhurst area, as of now: Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church, Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church and Mountain Christian ...

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