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Clampers To Dedicate Hildreth Monument

O’NEALS – That band of merry makers and preservers of local history are at it again. This time the Clampers will be dedicating a monument commemorating a notorious stage robbery at the location of the long-gone town of Hildreth near O’Neals. The gentlemen of E Clampus Vitus, affectionately know as “Clampers,” love a good bit of fun, but they are ...

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Bridge Fire Update 7 PM Saturday

MARIPOSA COUNTY – It was a day of successes on the Bridge Fire today, with crews holding it at 300 acres, and achieving 60% containment. Some 700 structures were threatened at the height of the fire, and not one was lost. As of 7 p.m. this evening, the evacuation order is lifted for residents living in the Ponderosa Basin area ...

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Bridge Fire Evacuation Order Partially Lifted

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., the Bridge Fire Incident Commander and Mariposa County Sheriff will allow most residents to return to their homes. Today at 7 p.m. residents of the Ponderosa Basin community will be allowed to return home, with the exception of those who live on the dirt portion of Harris Road.

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Progress Continues On Bridge Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – As fire management personnel gathered for the morning briefing at the Mariposa County Fairground’s Incident Command Post, they were optimistic yet cautious about fire conditions today. Crews achieved 25% containment overnight on the 300 acre fire, burning northeast from the William Sell bridge on Highway 49.

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Bridge Fire Update 11PM Friday

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Bridge Fire, burning just off Highway 49 at Harris Road, is now estimated at 300 acres, with 10% containment. The fire was reported at 12:39 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Evacuations remain in place for homes on Harris Cutoff Road, Chowchilla Mountain Road and all of the Ponderosa Basin area. There are currently 91 engines, 22 ...

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Highway 49 Reopens To One-Lane Traffic

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Highway 49 is being reopened to one-lane traffic across the William Sell bridge where the Bridge Fire is burning. Fire equipment is lining the northbound lane, and motorists are urged to be patient and be aware of fire personnel along the roadway. Expect long delays. All road closures remain in effect for the Ponderosa Basin area, including ...

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Bridge Fire Threatens Homes In Ponderosa Basin

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A vegetation fire reported just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, in the Chowchilla River canyon at Highway 49 is estimated at about 150 acres at this hour. A full wildland response was called up for the Bridge Fire, but as the first engines arrived, it became apparent that additional resources would be needed immediately. The ...

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Fire Near William Sell Bridge Closes Hwy 49

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A fire burning in the Chowchilla River Canyon at the William Sell Bridge between Ahwahnee and Mariposa on Highway 49 has closed down the roadway in both directions. Currently estimated at 50 acres, the Bridge Fire was reported just before 1 p.m. today, and quickly spread through the dry vegetation. CHP and Cal Trans were called in ...

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Beware Of Fire Inspection Invoice Scam

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is issuing an alert to all business owners throughout Madera County about a “fire inspection invoice” scheme now preying on the fears of both business owners and residents. At least one business in Eastern Madera County has already received such a bill, and it is a scam, says the Sheriff. If you receive an ...

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Make Sure You Are Ready For Wildfire!

Submitted by Roger Maybee MADERA COUNTY – Firewise Madera County is a program supported by the County of Madera Board of Supervisors. The program is designed to implement the Firewise Communities USA® program of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The program goal is to save lives and property through wildfire preparedness for communities located in the Wildland Urban Interface ...

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