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Busy Day For Firefighters In The Foothills

MADERA COUNTY – Firefighters were kept busy this afternoon, battling two blazes on opposite sides of the county. The River Fire started in Ahwahnee just after 2 p.m. in a garage behind a residence on Road 621. It spread into surrounding vegetation, consuming over two-and-a-half acres before firefighters stopped the forward progress.

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Cal Fire Bans Burning In SRAs

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Director Ken Pimlott has issued an order to suspend open burning across 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. The suspended burning order is part of CAL FIRE’s continued efforts to mitigate the increased threat of wildfire due to the state’s drought emergency. “The increase in ...

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Madera County Water Issues

OAKHURST – It’s nearly impossible to have escaped the news of Calfornia’s drought, particularly in a region with unbreakable ties to the results of snowpack and rainfall. With a barrage of media regularly reporting on the issues faced by the state in general, and our area in particular, concerns mount and questions arise. Now, answers to some of those questions ...

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Supervisor Farinelli Holds Public Safety Meeting

Supervisor Farinelli to hold community meeting on Public SafetyRepresentatives from public safety community to discuss gang and drug prevention Madera, Calif. – Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli will host a community meeting to discuss public safety and gang prevention in Madera County. The meeting has been scheduled to take place on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the ...

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Madera County ArtsFest a Success

Submitted by Kristi Winter MADERA COUNTY – Hundreds of Valley residents enjoyed attended the first Madera County ArtsFest on Saturday, June 14, at the Madera County Office of Education. The Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Office of Education hosted this free family-friendly event promoting art in Madera County.

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What Air Attack Does On A Wildfire

CALIFORNIA – With current drought conditions and everyone on high alert, attention to wildland firefighting has been heightened for many residents in the foothills and mountain area. We all see the engines, water tenders and crews rolling in to fight these fires, but perhaps the most spectacular sight from the vantage point most of us have, is the work of ...

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A Very Foothill Fathers Day

We asked readers to pay tribute to the dads in their lives, and in the days since, have received a treasure trove of photographs in return. The pictures poured in online, and we saw dads wading, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, playing and sleeping. One after another came young dads, old dads, some with tattoos, many with beards, and a couple ...

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Volunteer Award To Yosemite Audubon

MARIPOSA/MADERA COUNTIES – The Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) and Lowell Young have received another “Citizen Volunteer of the Year” award. in 2013, the honor was given by the National Audubon Society. This year, the work of the organization and Lowell Young have been recognized by the environmental research organization, Point Blue Conservation Sciences. Point Blue’s stated mission is to ...

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Lightning Sparks Fires On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Last night’s spectacular lightning storm let U.S. Forest Service firefighters know they would likely be busy today. There were 173 confirmed lightning strikes across the Sierra National Forest, sparking some 10 fires, according to SNF Headquarters. The Cattle One Fire, burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District just below Clover Meadow, was reported by the lookout ...

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Fire Off Jean West Is Cautionary Reminder

OAKHURST – Residents on Jean West Road were once again alerted to a fire in their area as engines headed to Taylor Mountain Road early this morning. At 12:27 a.m., on Tuesday, June 10, firefighters responded to a fire burning in grass and brush piles at the very end of Taylor Mt. Road. Five Cal Fire engines, two from the ...

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