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Hunters Fire in Mariposa County No Longer Active

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Hunters Fire, which sparked late Sunday, was more than 95 percent contained as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to the latest update from CAL FIRE, which has since removed the fire from the agency’s “active incident” list. The fast-moving brush fire scorched about 85 acres near Lake McClure west of Briceburg, reportedly starting in an area ...

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All Aboard! Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Reopens

FISH CAMP – Let the summertime fun officially begin — the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, located only four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, opens for the season today. Beginning Friday (June 12), visitors and train enthusiasts can once again ride the open-air “logger” on a one-hour excursion through the Sierra Nevada. The Thornberry Museum, onsite ...

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Madera County Reports 2 More Cases; Unveils New COVID-19 Dashboard

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.The latest victims, a female in her 20s and another female in her 50s, contracted the virus via “community spread,” according to MCDPH. Including Tuesday’s newest cases, Madera County has now recorded a total of 174 confirmed cases.According to MCDPH’s latest report, the county ...

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YNP Concessionaire Aramark Promotes Reopening

YOSEMITE — “Yosemite Hospitality looks forward to welcoming back visitors, guests and our team members, when Yosemite National Park reopens on Thursday, June 11, with our lodging re-opening June 13,” said an update issued late this week by Aramark, the concessionaire at YNP.“Some services and operations have been modified and adjusted to protect against the spread of COVID-19,” the “guest ...

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CAL FIRE: Hunters Fire Now 60% Contained; 85 Acres Burned

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Hunters Fire, which sparked late Sunday, was 60 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Monday, according to the latest update from CAL FIRE. The fast-moving brush fire has burned 85 acres near Lake McClure, prompting emergency evacuation orders Sunday night for residents near Hunters Valley and Detwiler roads, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. At ...

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Madera County Reports 9 More Cases Monday; Total Now 172

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.The latest virus victims, six men and three women, range in age from a male under 20 to another male in his 80s, according to MCDPH.Six of the new cases were contracted via person-to-person transmission, one via community spread and two other cases remain ...

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Yosemite’s Phased Reopening to Include ‘All Primary Attractions’

Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Yosemite National Park will “continue to incrementally increase recreational access,” stated a press release issued by park officials Monday.“Beginning June 11, the park will open all the primary attractions to some extent and visitors will ...

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Music on Screen: Next Up, Singer/Songwriter Nicholas Lefler

MARIPOSA — In the next installment of the Music on the Screen Virtual Concert Series — a pandemic alternative to Music on the Green — the Mariposa County Arts Council and its sponsors present multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Nicholas Lefler from Murphys, California. Lefler will live stream from the Mariposa Arts Council Facebook page beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday (June 13). A ...

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‘Hunters Fire’ Forces Evacuations in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A fast-moving brush fire near Lake McClure has prompted emergency evacuation orders for residents near Hunters Valley and Detwiler Roads in Mariposa County, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.Six residences were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday morning, with the fire reportedly just 15 percent contained as of 7 a.m. The blaze, which so far has burned ...

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Madera County Reports 8 New Cases Saturday; Total Rises to 163

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.The latest virus victims, four men and four women, range in age from 20s to 40s. Seven of the new cases were contracted via person-to-person transmission and the source of the eighth case is “under investigation,” according to MCDPH.With Saturday’s newest cases, Madera County ...

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