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Blizzard Conditions Expected Over the Weekend

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is warning residents of a strong storm system headed out way. It will impact Central California Thursday evening into Sunday morning. The result being periods of heavy precipitation. The majority of this precipitation will fall Friday evening through Saturday evening. The snow level will start at around 5,000 feet Thursday evening, before dropping ...

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Sierra National Forest Closes Minarets Road

NORTH FORK— Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials have announced the closure of a segment of Minarets Road (4S81) at Mile Post 28 as of Thursday, February 22. That segment of the road is currently unsafe. Because of the heavy rainfall deep fissures are threatening the road’s integrity. This closure will allow SNF road crews to put in place a temporary ...

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Homeowner Assistance Available for Defensible Space

MADERA COUNTY–The Eastern Madera County Fire Safe Council (EMCFSC) is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for Defensible Space Assistance, chipping, and hazard tree removal. EMCFSC has resources available to assist low-income, tribal, elderly, or otherwise disadvantaged residents. Residents identified as vulnerable in Eastern Madera County (EMC) with establishing defensible space in compliance with regional code ordinances. ...

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Flood Watches and Winter Weather Continue

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting our area will continue to see winter weather through midweek. This includes a flood watch, excessive rainfall, thunderstorms and snow. An atmospheric river will pass through Central California today into tonight. Extreme winter storm impacts are anticipated in the Sierra Nevada above 6,000 feet  due to snow load and snow amounts ...

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Holiday Weekend Weather Expected to Pack a Punch

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting that our area can expect two storm systems over the holiday weekend. They will continue into next week.  The first of two systems will impact Central California on  Saturday, with periods of light rain below 6,000 feet. Light snow will fall above 6,000 feet. The first system will be the smaller ...

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Voter Registration Deadline Coming Soon

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MADERA COUNTY–Rebecca Martinez, County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, announced today that in order to be eligible to vote in the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election, persons must register to vote by Tuesday, February 20, 2024. To be eligible to register to vote at the Presidential Primary Election, you must be a United States Citizen. You must also live ...

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Vote by Mail Ballot & Information Guide Mail Notification

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MADERA COUNTY—County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez announced today that all registered voters in the County of Madera have been sent their Official Ballots and County Voter Information Guides for the upcoming March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election in the mail. Ballots have been mailed to voters beginning February 5th. Allow 2-5 days for delivery. YOU CAN TRACK YOUR ...

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Storm Watch Early February 2024

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES–Keep reading for weather alerts, road conditions including traffic collisions, closures and hazards, school closures, power outages and other emergencies as they happen. We will continue to update this article throughout the storm – stay safe! Updated 2.8.2024 9:30AM Madera County 2/08/24 – Update! This is Robert Dias, MOT Director for Bass Lake School District informing you that after ...

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Atmospheric River Set to Hit Us Hard

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office is predicting a powerful atmospheric river driven storm will bring strong and damaging winds, excessive rainfall, and up to 6 feet of new snow to our communities over the next few days. A Wind Advisory for the San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Foothills, and the Coastal Range will begin tonight (Saturday, February 3) at ...

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Alert: Madera County Sheriff Issues Evacuation Warning

COARSEGOLD–The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning for Zone 431 (Cavin Lane, Mattie Fhy Road, and Holly Lane) due to potential high rainfall amounts from the incoming Atmospheric River Storm. Last year, winter storms left the area at high risk for further mud slides. Monitor the situation and be prepared to take action immediately. Don’t wait for ...

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