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PG&E, National Weather Service Monitoring Storm Conditions for Sierra

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OAKHURST – Winter weather is making its way toward California and Eastern Madera County. Mountain community residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages and travel delays. In a press release dated November 17th, PG&E announced they are “monitoring a mid-week potentially strong offshore wind event” that “could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for customers in Sierra ...

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MCSO Confirms Fatality at Early Morning Blaze in North Fork

NORTH FORK — A fire that started in the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning in a North Fork mobile home has claimed a life, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. “I can confirm that a deceased individual was discovered at the burned residence,” said MCSO spokesperson Kayla Serratto. “Detectives were called out to the scene. Identification and official cause of ...

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Pre-Dawn Blaze Guts Mobile Home in North Fork

NORTH FORK — A fire that started in the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning gutted a mobile home on Willow Creek Drive behind the North Fork Christian Center — and also sparked a power outage for about 1,000 local PG&E customers as far away as O’Neals. There were no initial reports of injuries but several neighbors at the fire scene said ...

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Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand on Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — CAL FIRE reported Friday morning that the Briceburg Fire has not burned any additional acreage in the past 24 hours, while containment has increased to 30 percent. According to the agency’s latest progress report, the Briceburg Fire, which has been active now for four days, has scorched a total of 4,905 acres. CAL FIRE investigators have yet ...

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CAL FIRE: ‘Good Progress’ on Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters appear to be slowly gaining the upper hand on the the Briceburg Fire. CAL FIRE reported Thursday morning that while the fire has burned 4,900 acres, the blaze is now 25 percent contained. “Overnight, firefighters made good progress towards containment,” CAL FIRE said in its latest update, released Thursday morning at 7 a.m. “Efforts today will ...

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Briceburg Firefight Lasts Into the Night

MARIPOSA COUNTY– A 30-acre brush fire that started along Highway 140 Sunday afternoon has now charred more than 4,400 acres and is only ten percent contained, according to the latest report from CAL FIRE, issued Wednesday afternoon. From all fronts, nearly 1000 fire personnel continue the firefight — day and night. Steven Ward, a CAL FIRE spokesman, explained how backfire ...

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Briceburg Fire Is Causing Smoke And Dust To Impact Valley Air Quality

Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA — The potential elevated particulate matter from the Briceburg fire is posing health concerns Valley-wide. Smoke from the fire near Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County and dust blowing from anticipated gusty winds on Wednesday are prompting Valley Air District officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the entire San Joaquin Valley. Smoke impacts are expected to continue ...

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Update: Briceburg Fire Grows to 2,235 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Briceburg Fire has grown to 2,235 acres and is still just 10 percent contained, according to the latest updates issued Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday morning, CAL FIRE reported the fire’s size at 800 acres, with 10 percent containment. Fire officials in cooperation with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol will be hosting a ...

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Briceburg Fire Grows to 800 Acres, Now 10 Percent Contained

MARIPOSA COUNTY — As dawn broke Tuesday, the news was guardedly optimistic for nearly 1,000 firefighters battling the so-called Briceburg Fire. The blaze, which started as a 50-acre brush fire, has now increased to 800 acres, according to Cal Fire, with 10 percent containment as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. The fire grew overnight from 550 acres to 800 acres, in ...

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