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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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Who Are These People Running This Fire?

NORTH FORK – As the Willow Fire has played out over the past eight days, and residents have watched in alarm as huge plumes of smoke rise over Peckinpah Mountain, people may have wondered just who’s running this show. Well, that would be a group of calm, methodical, deliberate individuals who make up the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management ...

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The Willow Fire – What A Difference A Day Makes

NORTH FORK –  At the morning briefing today crews were told that this would be a pivotal day on the Willow Fire. That certainly proved to be true. Huge columns of smoke rose from the foot of Peckinpah Mountain throughout the morning and much of the afternoon as firefighters burned out vegetation inside control lines. The show started long before ...

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Residents Encouraged After Town Hall Meeting On Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – It was a full house for a Town Hall meeting this afternoon as fire officials shared the latest updates on the Willow Fire, and answered questions from residents. Incident Commander David Cooper and his team hosted the meeting, explaining the firing operation currently underway, and making educated predictions on when evacuated residents might be allowed to return ...

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Firefighters Gaining Ground On Willow Fire

NORTH FORK – Crews made good progress on the Willow Fire overnight, holding and strengthening existing lines and continuing burnout operations. The fire is now estimated at 5,116 acres and is 50 percent contained. Crews continued firing along the southeastern flank throughout the night, removing fuels that threaten the fireline protecting the Cascadel Woods area. While the winds were mostly ...

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