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Mariposa Sheriff Warns Of Telephone Scam

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is warning all residents about a telephone fraud that’s targeting the mountain area. Scammers are using scrambling devices to change the phone number shown on the caller ID, in some cases showing the Sheriff’s Office phone number of 209-966-3615, or even just showing 911. The scammers are identifying themselves as Sheriff’s Office ...

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Road 274 To Reopen

NORTH FORK – Word is coming in from Operations on the Willow Fire that Road 274, between North Fork and Bass Lake, will reopen at noon today,  July 27. All other road closures and evacuations will remain in effect, including Central Camp Road, Douglas Ranger Station north of Trails End, and Autumn Ridge Way (Whiskey Falls Road/Forest Road 8S09). Whiskers ...

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Firefighters Holding The Line On Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – There has been no change to the estimate on acreage for the Willow Fire, with fire officials holding it at yesterday’s 1,521 acres. The updated map shows only a small push-out to the east in Division M. (see maps below) The 5 percent containment number has also not changed as of this hour, but we await reports ...

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Cottonwood Creek & Little Fuller Band

MARIPOSA – Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings – brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – continues into the 2015 season, presenting live, in concert, Cottonwood Creek, featuring Maggie Watkins and Scott Patrick Little on Friday, July 31, and The Little Fuller Band on Saturday, Aug. 1. Local Mariposa singer/songwriter Scott Patrick Little and ...

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Willow Fire Now Estimated At Over 1,500 Acres

NORTH FORK – The Willow fire is now estimated at 1,521 acres, and is still at 5 percent containment. The fire is burning in the Willow Creek Canyon north of North Fork, and east of Bass Lake. Air Tankers and helicopters worked from above all day, as ground crews strengthened firelines and worked in steep, dense terrain. More resources continue ...

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Willow Fire Grows To 1100 Acres

NORTH FORK – Mountain area residents woke to a red sunrise and the smell of smoke as the Willow Fire grew to 1,100 acres overnight. It is now 5 percent contained. The fire, which was reported at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, is burning in heavy fuels along the Willow Creek drainage north of North Fork and east of ...

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Willow Fire Reaches 200 Acres

NORTH FORK – The Old Mill Site in North Fork will once again play host to an Incident Command Post as the Willow Fire ravages 200 acres north of town. The fire was reported at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the end of Willow Canyon Drive, and quickly raced north and east, burning in heavy fuels. It is ...

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Red Cross Center Open For Willow Fire Evacuees

OAKHURST — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley is opening an evacuation center at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, for residents affected by the Willow Fire. Volunteers will be on scene to provide comfort, snacks, and water for evacuated families. The Red Cross is also coordinating with the Central California Animal Disaster Team to care for ...

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Gilbert Marshall Memorial Scholarships To Area Students

CLOVIS – The Gilbert Marshall Memorial Team Branding is held each year to raise money for scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors in the surrounding mountain area, who are pursuing an education in Agriculture and/or Forestry. The 3rd annual event was held this year on Mar. 7, and raised $8,000 for student scholarships and school program grants. Organizers are ...

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Yosemite Fires Update July 24

YOSEMITE – Thunderstorms came through the park on July 19 through 22. There are now 12 confirmed lightning-caused fires. Lightning caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered, as temperatures rise and fuels dry out. Most ...

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