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Fire Threatening Homes Near Lush Meadows In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – Firefighters are now responding to the fourth fire of the day in the mountain area, this one northeast of Bootjack at the end of Boyer Road. At 1:39 p.m., engines from Cal Fire, Mariposa County Fire, and the Sierra National Forest were dispatched to reports of a vegetation fire near the address of 5375 Boyer Road. With so ...

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Vegetation Fire Burning South Of Raymond

RAYMOND – Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire on Road 600 near Road 407. At about 11:45 a.m., just as crews were dealing with an 50-acre fire in the Planada area, reports came in of another about 30 miles to the southeast. There were also reports of a single-vehicle roll-over crash in the same area, but it is ...

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Tree Dropped On Power Line Sparks Vegetation Fire

NORTH FORK – Firefighters made quick work of a fire on Road 225 this morning, working around the dangerous power lines that reportedly sparked the blaze. Just before 10 a.m. reports came in of a fire in the 59000 block of Road 225. There was at least one structure immediately threatened. The first unit at scene was Sierra National Forest ...

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Cattle Drive Is Still Part Of Ranching Life In The Sierra

AHWAHNEE – It’s that time of year again when ranchers start moving their cattle up to the high country and summer pasture. This weekend, Tom Bohna and the rest of the crew will be driving about 350 head of cattle through the Ahwahnee area, on through Fish Camp and up to the Long Meadow area where they’ll enjoy the summer ...

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DUI/Driver License Checkpoint In Oakhurst Area This Weekend

OAKHURST – Oakhurst Area of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Safety Checkpoint on Saturday, June 16, within an unincorporated area of Madera County. The CHP notes that the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is “a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that ...

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Madera Sheriff Receives Grant To Combat Underage Tobacco Use

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $942,525 in state grant funding from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to combat illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors. The grants, $37.5 million in total, were distributed to 71 local entities throughout the state. “Tobacco remains a very serious public health concern,” said Attorney General Becerra. “These ...

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Former Yosemite Bank Manager Pleads Guilty To Grand Theft

BASS LAKE – The former manager of Yosemite Bank pleaded guilty today in Madera Superior Court to four felony counts of grand theft. Donald Eric Eaves, 53, of Coarsegold, was arrested on May 15 and charged with embezzling over $115,000 from the Oakhurst bank over a 2-year period. He had been behind bars on an $800,000 bond since his arrest, ...

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Sierra National Forest Now Hiring For Summer Jobs

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest will soon be filling numerous temporary positions with duty locations of Fresno, Trimmer, Prather, North Fork, Oakhurst, Big Creek, and Mariposa, Calif. Postings are open from June 13 to June 19. Candidates are encouraged to apply to any or all positions in which they might be interested. Please view and apply for the positions ...

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Driver Transported For Unrelated Medical Issue After Accident

OAKHURST – An accident blocked the northbound lane of Highway 41 in Oakhurst for a short time this morning, and one driver was transported to a Valley hospital. At about 8:30 a.m., a 37-year-old Oakhurst man was northbound in a 2004 Dodge pickup, just passing Denny’s Restaurant on his way to work. A 79-year-old woman, also from Oakhurst, was southbound ...

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Matt Watson Is New Assistant Fire Chief For Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – Cal Fire MMU Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich appeared before the Board of Supervisors today to officially announce the appointment of Matthew Watson to Assistant Chief of Madera County and Madera City Fire Departments. Chief Watson took over the position on Mar. 1. Chief Watson has spent his entire career serving the citizens of the Madera-Merced-Mariposa Cal Fire ...

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