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Activity On Dog Rock Fire Winding Down

YOSEMITE – The Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite is now 95% contained at 311 acres. Firefighters have completed debris removal on Highway 140/El Portal Road to allow both lanes to open this morning. The Highway 140 entrance to the park re-opened at 8 a.m. Firefighters and fire engines are stationed along the highway, and travelers should use extreme caution and ...

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Suspect Arrested For Starting Boles Fire

WEED – The Weed Police Department today arrested Ronald Beau Marshall, 24, of Weed, Calif., in connection with the Boles Fire, which destroyed 516 acres, 157 homes, and forced the evacuation of more than 4,000 people. Over 1,000 firefighters were on the front lines battling this destructive fire.

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Containment On Dog Rock Fire Expected Tomorrow

YOSEMITE – Firefighters have made major progress on the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite, holding it at 311 acres and achieving 54% containment. Fire activity has decreased significantly and many of the hand crews and engine crews will be released from the fire over the next two days. Total containment is estimated for Sunday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.

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Temporary Restraining Order Closes Chukchansi Casino

COARSEGOLD – After years of fighting and bickering amongst themselves, the various factions battling for control of the Chukchansi leadership are being brought before a higher authority. The Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint for injunctive relief in U.S. District Court in Fresno last night, and the judge issued a temporary restraining order, closing the hotel/casino until a hearing on ...

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Highway 140 In Yosemite To Reopen

YOSEMITE – The Highway 140 entrance into Yosemite National Park, referred to as El Portal Road within the park boundary, will reopen as of Sunday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. The highway was closed on Tuesday, Oct. 7, due to the Dog Rock Fire. Also, electrical power to Yosemite Valley is expected to be restored late this evening, Friday, Oct. ...

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Question Of Who’s In Charge Continues At Chukchansi

COARSEGOLD – The situation at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino does not appear to be any closer to a resolution. At this time, the casino is “open,” but there are no employees on the premises. Restaurants, the gaming room and the bar are all closed, and General Manager Giffan Tan has directed his employees not to come to work, ...

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Cal Fire Airtankers No Longer Grounded

SACRAMENTO – This morning Cal Fire announced that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has advised their department that no structural failures or aging aircraft issues were found in their investigation of the Tanker 81 accident that took the life of pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. “In light ...

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Fire Activity Decreases On Dog Rock Fire

YOSEMITE – Officials are reporting that fire activity has decreased significantly on the Dog Rock fire, which is now estimated at 311 acres with 20% containment. They anticipate that far less smoke will be visible today. The view from the Yosemite Conservancy’s webcam on Turtleback Dome shows little to no smoke showing this morning at 11 a.m.

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Chukchansi Casino Evacuated

COARSEGOLD – Once again, tensions are rising at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold. Sheriff John Anderson has said that the tribal factions are feuding once again, and that someone pulled a fire alarm inside the casino forcing an evacuation. It is not known at this time who pulled the alarm. As a result, all occupants remain outside, ...

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Dog Rock Fire Now 25% Contained

YOSEMITE – Firefighters made excellent progress on the lines today at the Dog Rock Fire, which is now estimated at 279 acres with 25% containment. Due to their efforts, the evacuation of Foresta was lifted this afternoon. Control lines and hoselays along the north end of the fire are complete, and crews are working to mop-up that area of the ...

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