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Willow Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

NORTH FORK – Demobilization continues on the Willow Fire, now estimated at 5,702 acres with 80 percent containment. Crews are being released to other fires across the state, and activity is winding down at the Incident Command Post. There are currently 1,313 personnel assigned to the incident. All remaining evacuations will be lifted as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, ...

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Twenty-Three Wildfires Burning Across California

CALIFORNIA – As crews are demobilized from the Willow Fire in Eastern Madera County, they are likely being reassigned to one of nearly two-dozen incidents burning across the state. There are 23 active fires across California, with over 10,000 firefighters battling them. Tinder dry conditions from the drought continue to allow wildfires to burn at an explosive rate. Just last ...

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All Evacuations Lifted For Willow Fire Today

NORTH FORK – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the remaining evacuation orders for ‪‎Willow Fire‬ will be lifted today, Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. This includes all roads off of, and including, Douglas Ranger Station Road as well as Willow Canyon Road. Both roads will remain restricted to residents only. Residents will have to show proper ...

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Activity On Willow Fire Winding Down

NORTH FORK – Things are beginning to wind down on the Willow Fire, and crews and equipment are being released and made available for other fires across the region. The fire is now estimated at 5,702 acres, with 70 percent containment.  Over 1,700 personnel are currently assigned to the incident, but that number will drop dramatically over the next few ...

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Thieves Steal Kids’ Piggy Banks During Willow Fire Evacuation

NORTH FORK – When Amy Kern and her family were evacuated from Cascadel Woods during the Willow Fire it was very stressful for everyone, not knowing if they would have a home to return to. But what they found when they came back this morning was something they could never have imagined. Their home – along with at least four ...

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Pick Some Apples To Keep Bears Wild

YOSEMITE – Hey, everybody! You are invited to an apple picking party in Yosemite on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. This is an annual event that was started as part of efforts to help reduce bear-human contact in the park, and to “Help Keep Yosemite’s Bears Wild.” According to volunteers who help coordinate this event, the ...

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Coarsegold Chamber: Cleaning Up Our Roads

COARSEGOLD – Drivers and passersby may have noticed how clean Highway 41 is in the Coarsegold area. The bad news is, it’s not because tourists and locals have suddenly stopped throwing trash out of their cars. The good news is, the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce has adopted a two-mile section of highway under the Cal Trans “Adopt A Highway” Program. ...

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Home Away From Home In Fire Camp

NORTH FORK – Back in the day, we called it Fire Camp. These days, it’s known as the Incident Command Post (ICP). Whatever you call it, it’s where everything happens that supports boots on the ground out on the firelines, and where all decisions are made in fighting the fire. If you’ve never visited an ICP, it’s quite an impressive ...

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Evacuations Lifted For Cascadel Tonight

NORTH FORK – The mandatory evacuation order for Cascadel Woods area will be lifted tonight, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. This includes Road 233, Mission Drive and Peckinpah Acres Drive. Only residents with proper identification will be allowed back in. No one will allowed access before 9 p.m. Douglas Ranger Station Road, Central Camp Road and Willow Canyon Drive remain ...

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Strong Winds Blast Willow Fire, Firefighters Hold The Line

NORTH FORK – Just hours after crews completed firing operations along the southern perimeter of the Willow Fire, their work was tested by Mother Nature as gusts approaching 40 mph blasted through the Willow Creek drainage. Just after 9 p.m. last night, winds began blowing from the north at sustained speeds of up to 16 mph, sending embers flying and ...

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