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Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

MARIPOSA – Effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8:00 am the burn suspension in Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Mike van Loben Sels is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissive burn days. Burn permits will be ...

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Madera County Fire Department Awarded Grant for New Emergency Response Equipment

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Fire Department was awarded a $74,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for new extrication equipment. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these specialized tools to reach crash victims trapped inside a vehicle. So far this year, Madera County Fire has responded to 22 crashes in which extrication ...

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Celebration of Life for Bettie Zane Paul

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Bettie Zane Paul, age 88, passed away on November 10, 2020, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed here on this earth. We look forward to a heavenly reunion. Bettie was born in Taft, California, on March 17, 1932, to Oscar and Nellie Collins. When she was young they moved ...

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Free Legal Help Available for Creek Fire Disaster Survivors

SACRAMENTO – Nov 13, 2020 – Free help with disaster-related legal concerns is available to eligible wildfire survivors in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties. These counties are covered in federal disaster DR-4569 for fires beginning Sept 4. This includes the Bobcat, Creek, El Dorado, Oak, Slater and Valley fires. The ...

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Fundraiser for Kalel

AHWAHNEE  – Calling on all community members to come out Saturday Nov. 14 from 11 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) to support Kalel. 7-year-old Kalel has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Duchenne is a rare fatal muscle wasting disease that currently does not have a cure, but we have been pursuing therapies that we think will preserve our son’s muscles ...

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Hiker Injured at Willow Creek/Angel Falls

BASS LAKE – Nov 1, 2020 – A male hiker, age unknown fell 17 feet on Willow Creek and suffered a head injury. Madera County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the scene at approximately 5 pm. Skylife was requested  and airlifted victim to the hospital at approximately 5:15 pm. No further information available at this time. We will update as ...

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Stacey Montalto | Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees Area 4

I’m Stacey Montalto, the incumbent candidate for Yosemite Unified School District Area 4 (covering Bass Lake to Route 41, North of Road 426).    You can read my candidate statement at www.facebook.com/smontalto4yusd, but today I want to address critical issues facing our District.  My opponent Steven Myer recently sent a mass email campaign, highlighting his four major concerns and urging a ...

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Creek Fire Has Eclipsed 350,000 Acres

A virtual public meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 PM on the Sierra National Forest Facebook page. North Fork – Oct. 19,2020 –  The Creek Fire which is the largest single fire incident in the state of California has now burned 350,331 acres with 61% containment and full containment not expected until late October. It has destroyed 856 structures ...

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Creek Fire Now 55% Contained With More Than 333,000 Acres Charred

NORTH FORK – Oct. 12, 2020 – With the Creek Fire now at more than 55% contained and having consumed more than 333,000 acres there are still more than 1800 personnel fighting hard to bring full containment that is not expected until the end of the month. MADERA COUNTY – North Zone – Engine crews continue to patrol and monitor the ...

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