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Creek Fire has Burned 175,893 Acres

NORTH FORK – Sept, 10, 2020 – More favorable conditions and a thick smoke layer continue to moderate fire activity on the west flank which is closest to the communities of North Fork and Bass Lake. Firefighters are taking advantage of these conditions making good progress on developing containment lines and protecting structures. Dozers and hand crews are extending containment ...

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Creek Fire Update and Evacuation Centers

Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020 – 10 am – The Red Cross temporary evacuation point at the Oakhurst Community Center has been closed.  If you are in need of an evacuation center please go to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Rd. Mariposa, CA. 95338 or Clovis North High School, 2770 E. International Ave. Fresno, CA. 93730. The Creek Fire continues ...

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BLM Temporarily Closes Recreation Area in Madera and Fresno

BAKERSFIELD — The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure of the San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area in Fresno and Madera counties due to wildland fire danger. The closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. The Creek Fire is exhibiting extreme fire behavior and has burned nearly ...

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Bill Atwood | Candidate for Bass Lake Unified School District Board

I have decided to enter the race for the Bass Lake Unified School District Board Area 1 seat. I have been a resident of this area since 1980 and have been very active in community events. Our schools are facing tough times with the current pandemic along with the usual problems of declining financial resources while the expenses continue to ...

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Another Weekend Rescue on Willow Creek

BASS LAKE – Madera County Search and Rescue Deputies and volunteers responded to the area of Willow Creek near the Falls Beach Recreation Area this weekend to rescue a 29-year-old woman from Daly City that had fallen while hiking and complained of pain. The woman suffered injuries while hiking on the rough side of the river opposite of the designated ...

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All-Inclusive Micro Wedding Giveaway

BASS LAKE — Along with scrapped vacations, cancelled cruises, postponed conferences, and social gatherings, weddings have become another logistical casualty in the current health crisis. Immediate health concerns, gathering restrictions, venue and border closures have directly affected many wedding plans. As a result, over one million weddings across America have been postponed until later this year and into 2021 including ...

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History Mystery #89: The Case of the Mystery Mining Machines

Image of old mining machinery.

By Karen Morris, CHS President COARSEGOLD — The Coarsegold Historical Society has three pieces of mining machinery on display at the Coarsegold Historic Museum. They were donated quite a few years ago and we need help with the names and how they were used. We think the middle one was possibly some kind of rock crusher. If you can help ...

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Supervisor Wheeler to hold 2nd Virtual Town Hall

Madera County Mountain Communities – Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be hosting a second virtual Town Hall Thursday, July 30th from 6-8pm. County staff and community partners will join Supervisor Wheeler to help keep the community informed about what is happening in Madera County. Madera County Deputy CAO, Joel Bugay will update the community on the County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund (CRF) ...

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History Mystery #88: The Case of the Missing Hospital

Picture of an operating room.

Submitted by Debby Carter, SHSA Librarian (Fresno Flats) MOUNTAIN AREA — An article on the front page of the October 29, 1970, Sierra Star reads: “Bass Lake Receives 200 Bed Hospital: On Tuesday, Oct. 27, a full 200-bed hospital will be delivered to Bass Lake. According to Supervisor Lonnie Cornwell and Chairman of the Board Herman Neufeld of Madera County, ...

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