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Frank Bigelow Jr. Receives Cal Fire Appointment

SACRAMENTO—The Cal Fire Office of the State Fire Marshall is excited to announce the appointment of Frank Bigelow to Deputy Director of Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. 20 Years of Experience 2004 Chief Bigelow began his CAL FIRE career as a Fire Fighter I at the Ahwahnee Station in the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU), ...

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End of Fire Season Declared for MMU

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The end of fire season will be declared, in the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU), on Monday, December 18th at 8 a.m. Burning is allowed, but burn permit requirements vary between counties. Burn permit information in Mariposa County: CAL FIRE burn permits are not required in Mariposa County until May 1st. Residents must contact the Mariposa County burn day ...

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Study Crowns Yosemite 5th Most Beautiful National Park

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–A new study has crowned Yosemite National Park the 5th most beautiful national park in the United States. The study by the travel experts at Bounce analyzed US national parks on their social media posts, Google searches and customer review data to reveal the USA’s most beautiful national parks. The team at Bounce has looked at the number ...

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Is Rain Finally on the Way for Us?

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting a storm system will impact Central California Wednesday through Saturday, resulting in periods of precipitation. The majority of this precipitation will fall Wednesday night and Thursday, as well as Friday afternoon and Friday night. There may be a brief break in precipitation Thursday night and Friday morning. Snow levels will be ...

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Alert: Vegetation Fire Kinsman Flat

KINSMAN FLAT–Air and ground firefighters with Sierra National Forest and Cal Fire are responding to a vegetation fire in the area of Mammoth Pool Road and Kinsman Flat Road. The fire is currently 50 acres and evacuations are in place. This is the King Fire. We will update this article when more information is available. October 16, 2023 The fire ...

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Fire Prevention Week: Cooking Causes Most U.S. Home Fires

FRESNO— During Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14), the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter reminds everyone that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and issues safety steps to follow to help avoid one of these blazes. “The top reason for cooking fires is someone leaving the stove unattended while cooking,” said Daniela Aguilar, Regional Prevention and Preparedness Manager, ...

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FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) tomorrow, Oct. 4. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET (11:20 ...

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Alert: Vegetation Fire Deadwood Lookout Road

OAKHURST–Air and ground firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in the 42000 block of  Deadwood Lookout Road. This is the Deadwood Fire. The fire was initially reported as 1 acre with a slow rate of spread and no structures threatened. We will update this article when more information is available. 6:25PM The fire has been contained. 6:00PM Going to ...

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Sierra National Forest Enacts Temporary Fire Restrictions

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) will enact temporary fire restrictions, effective August 11, 2023, prohibiting campfires, welding, or smoking on all public lands managed by the Forest in non-developed campsites, with the exception of those shown in Exhibits A & B of the current Forest Order. Campfires will only be allowed in wilderness, developed campgrounds, or ...

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Alert: Vegetation Fire Yosemite Lakes Park

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK–Air and ground firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in the area of Road 400 and Lilley Mountain in Yosemite Lakes Park. The fire is approximately 5 acres with structures threatened and a potential for 20 acres. This is the Springs Fire. We will update this article when more information is available. UPDATES 4:30pm The fire has ...

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