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What’s With All The Orange Fencing On Highway 41 North Of Oakhurst?

OAKHURST – Travelers along Highway 41 between Oakhurst and Sky Ranch Road have likely noticed the miles of orange fencing going in along both sides of the road. Caltrans spokesperson Sam Yniguez says it’s in preparation for a paving operation set to begin on Sunday, Aug. 19. Yniguez says the fencing is to protect “environmentally sensitive areas,” and the contractor ...

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Fire Destroys Home At Mammoth Pool Mobile Home Park

NORTH FORK – The manager of the Mammoth Pool Mobile Home Park did his best to save his home when it caught fire this morning, but despite the assistance of neighbors, it was a total loss. At about 10:20 a.m., firefighters were called out to reports of a structure fire on Road 225 at Italian Bar Road. Cal Fire, Madera ...

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Archery Season Begins Saturday, Check Forest Closures Before You Go

CLOVIS – Hunting season for the archer will begin in California Hunting Zone D7, on the Sierra National Forest (SNF) on Saturday, Aug. 18. Forest officials would like to inform the public of closures and restrictions that are in place due to the Ferguson and Lions Fires. The Ferguson Fire has burned 96,824 acres and is close to being fully ...

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Cal Fire Releases Cause Of The Fork Fire In North Fork

NORTH FORK – The cause of the Fork Fire, which burned seven acres along Road 274 near North Fork on Monday, has been released. According to Cal Fire, a truck was pulling a dual-axle trailer when one of the tires on the trailer went flat causing sparks from the rim to ignite two fires just north of the Transfer Station. ...

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Northern Perimeter Holding On The Ferguson Fire

YOSEMITE – The Ferguson Fire is holding at an estimated 96,810 acres with 87 percent containment. Crews continue the slow, deliberate process of backing the fire down the steep canyon just south of the entrance to Yosemite Valley between Highways 41 and 140. The final section of line to be contained remains between Elephant Rock and Turtleback Back Dome, and ...

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Crews Successful Keeping Ferguson Fire Out Of Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE – The Ferguson Fire is now estimated at 96,810 acres and is 87 percent contained. Another section of line along Highway 41 has been added to the total containment as crews have now secured the line about a mile north of Glacier Point Road. The work of slowly backing the fire down the steep canyon from Highway 41 to ...

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Three Arrested After Breaking Into Cars Leads To A High-Speed Chase

COARSEGOLD – Vandalism and theft in the parking lot at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino early this morning ended with a 20-minute chase, a crash and three arrests. At 3:17 a.m., Madera County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of several intoxicated individuals breaking into vehicles at the casino. When deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered five individuals involved ...

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Fire Restrictions Implemented In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions until further notice is given. By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of ...

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Yosemite Valley Reopens Today As Ferguson Fire Nears Containment

YOSEMITE – Crews continue to make good progress containing the Ferguson Fire on the northern perimeter just outside the entrance to Yosemite Valley. The fire is now estimated at 96,606 acres and is 86 percent contained. Yosemite Valley reopens to the public today at 9 a.m., after being closed since July 25 due to fire suppression activities and heavy smoke. ...

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