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Grass Fire On Highway 41 Quickly Contained

MADERA COUNTY – A fire next to Highway 41 in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 5, caused the temporary closing of northbound lanes while firefighters put equipment in place. Just before 1 a.m, a motorist reported that he had lost a tire off his Chevy pickup, and that it started a grass fire just off the east side ...

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Paid Call Firefighters Hold The Line

OAKHURST – Over 100 firefighters and their friends, family and supporters gathered at the Oakhurst Community Center Sunday afternoon to honor and acknowledge the Paid Call Firefighters in Madera County. Paid Call Firefighters are volunteers who serve their communities by answering dispatches to everything from traffic accidents to medical emergencies, but are only paid when something is actually on fire. ...

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Update On Gold Fire Near O'Neals

O’NEALS – Fire season got off to a roaring start when dozens of firefighters, plus engines and equipment from all over the area and the state were dispatched to a fire near O’Neals on Tuesday, Apr. 30. Cal Fire reports that the Gold Fire grew to about 274 acres, and is now 100% contained. As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, ...

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Fire Season Is Here – Know Before You Burn

Burn Permits Required – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) reminds residents that hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County must be conducted with a valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) permit. Permits are available at the following Eastern Madera County fire station locations:

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Just Days Left To Join Sierra Art Trails 2013

Submitted by Michelle Sonoqui Gillette – Sierra Art Trails is “Calling all Artists and Artisans…for the the 11th annual Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour for 2013.” Only one more week for artists to send in their application! Now in its 11th year, Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour has earned a reputation for excellence, and is highly anticipated by ...

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Jean Newman Named COP Volunteer Of The Year

MADERA COUNTY – Oakhurst resident Jean Newman was honored Saturday evening when Sheriff John Anderson announced her selection as Citizen On Patrol (COP) Volunteer Of The Year. Newman was recognized for volunteering more than 400 hours of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Madera County in 2012. “She demonstrates a strong work ethic, with great enthusiasm,” said ...

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Sheriff Anderson Is "Preschool Teacher For A Day"

MADERA – In honor of the nationally-recognized Week of the Young Child, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson spent Thursday morning at Alpha II Preschool on Stadium Road in Madera reading to students. Participating in what was touted by First 5 as “Preschool Teacher for a Day,” Sheriff Anderson read Eric Carle’s famous children’s book titled, “The Very Busy Spider.”

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PG&E Holds Open House On Dam Failure Procedures

NORTH FORK – There is often a lot of focus on what residents should do in the event of a massive wildfire or destructive storm. But how often do people think about what to do if a dam in the area were to fail? PG&E has scheduled an open house on Monday, Apr. 22, at the North Fork Town Hall, ...

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New Mural Unveiled At Three Sisters Garden

Submitted by Susan Walter, Madera County Master Gardeners MADERA – On Saturday, Apr. 20, visitors to the University of California Cooperative Extension Madera Master Gardeners Garden Shoppe at the Three Sisters Garden at the Madera Community College Center are in for a special treat – the unveiling of a new mural installed on a large storage container in the garden. ...

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Audubon To Offer Bird Photography Workshop

Visible, highly active and often colorful and songful, birds bring much joy and inspiration to people’s lives. Birding, or birdwatching, is now perhaps the most popular pastime in the United States. Simple and inexpensive, learning to identify birds or just enjoying their behaviors and interactions is fun and enriching. Learning how important they are to the ecosystem that supports all ...

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