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Over 73,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated In 3-Day Campaign

NORTH FORK — Law enforcement officials have just completed three days of marijuana eradication operations in the North Fork area, destroying over 73,000 plants being grown, for the most part, on public lands. A joint effort between the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, BLM and the California National Guard started on Monday, wrapping up ...

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Fire Restrictions In Place On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Those headed to the mountains for the holiday weekend should be aware that fire restrictions are now in place for the Sierra National Forest. Higher temperatures, drier fuel conditions, a large number of dead and dying trees, and an increase in fire activity within Region 5 has led to this decision. Fire Restrictions Prohibit: • Open ...

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Fireworks Are Illegal In Eastern Madera And Mariposa Counties

CALIFORNIA – With the 4th of July weekend fast approaching, everyone needs to be aware that fireworks are banned in all State Responsibility Areas (SRA) throughout California. SRA is the area of the state where the State of California (Cal Fire) is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires. SRA does not include lands within city boundaries or ...

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Free Skills Workshop For Family Caregivers

OAKHURST — Family caregivers are often responsible for the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of someone who cannot readily help themselves on a daily basis. So who takes care of the caregiver? Valley Caregiver Resource Center is offering a free Family Caregiver Workshop that will provide participants with hands-on strategies and skills needed to care for a loved one at various ...

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Coffee With A Cop At Cool Bean Cafe

OAKHURST — Once again, the public is invited to meet their local CHP officers for coffee and conversation. Officers from the California Highway Patrol Oakhurst Area office will be available to sit and chat with community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss local issues, have coffee and build relationships. The event will be from 7 to 9:30 a.m. ...

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Fire Closes Highway 41 Near Blackhawk Lodge

 O’NEALS — Crews responded to a vegetation fire today near the Blackhawk Lodge that threatened at least one structure and snarled traffic on a stretch of Highway 41 just north of Road 200. Firefighters were called out at 12:50 p.m. to the fire which was burning in grass and oak brush just adjacent to the southbound lane. The first engine ...

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At-Risk Man Missing From Mariposa

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s office has issued an alert requesting that people be on the lookout for a man missing from the area since Saturday. Click on image to enlarge. Ronald Hughes, 74, is a white male with shoulder-length gray hair, brown eyes, and a goatee. He stands about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 ...

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15,000 Facebook Fans – It’s All Your Fault!

CENTRAL SIERRA — It’s intense, it’s fast-paced, it’s challenging, and some days it’s really a pain in the rear. But most of all, producing Sierra News Online is intensely rewarding. Four years ago we launched SNO with the promise that “if it’s happening in our little corner of the world, you’ll find it on Sierra News Online,” along with an ...

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Auxiliary Distributes Free Signs Warning Of Fire Danger

NORTH FORK — A group of citizens in North Fork is taking the threat of wildfire seriously and putting up serious cash to make people aware of the danger. The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has ponied up over $2,000 to purchase 1,000 bright yellow signs to remind visitors and residents alike of the ever-present and very real danger ...

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Number Of Large California Wildfires Rises With Temps

CALIFORNIA — Over 5,200 firefighters are battling 9 large wildfires in California. Yesterday’s high temperatures combined with the low humidity led to an increase in wildfire conditions. Several large wildfires broke out burning hundreds of acres. Temperatures in many parts of California are expected to be 5-15 degrees above normal, and humidity will likely drop into the single digits in ...

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