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Yosemite: Crane Flat Prescribed Fire

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Fire Crews are preparing for a 20 acre prescribed fire near Crane Flat Lookout along the Helibase access road and Garnett Ridge Road adjacent to the Merced Grove. Depending on weather and smoke dispersion, this project is planned to start Wednesday January 20th, 2021. Ignition could last four to five days with smoke lingering in the area for one to two weeks. Smoke impacts will be ...

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CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Declares End to Fire Season, Transitions to Winter Preparedness

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit (MMU) to declare an end to fire season effective Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. within Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. “2020 brought yet another record-setting peak wildfire season. Fires impacted the entire state, reminding us of ...

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Sierra National Forest Declares the Creek Fire 100% contained

CLOVIS – With the recent change in weather conditions, Fire Officials with the Sierra National Forest are declaring the Creek Fire 100 percent contained. The Creek Fire started the evening of September 04, 2020 in the Big Creek drainage burning an unprecedented 379,895 acres before being contained on December 24, 2020. Due to the severity of the fire, many hazard trees ...

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Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA

SACRAMENTO – If you are a California survivor of the recent wildfires receiving rental assistance for temporary housing through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, let FEMA know if you have a continuing need. Rental assistance is for paying rent, including a security deposit, at a place other than your damaged home. To continue to receive it, you must prove an ...

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Small Local Businesses Raise Over $26,000 for Creek Fire Victims

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – A mix of mountain folks came together to raise relief funds for those who lost their homes in the Creek Fire. Spearheading the fundraiser was local business owners Heather & Kim Lawson of Get Deerty/Lawson Studios LLC, and local artist Kirsten Casey of Blue Lotus, along with a mix of mountain folks from Shaver Lake, ...

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Mariposa County CAL FIRE Burn Permits Not Required

MARIPOSA – On Monday, December 21 at 8 a.m. CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will lift the burn permit requirement in Mariposa County. CAL FIRE burn permits will NOT be required. Open burning will be allowed on “Permissive Burn Days” as established by Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. MMU would like to remind residents that creating and maintaining 100 ...

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Wildfire Survivors Should Call FEMA Helpline or Visit DisasterAssistance.gov by Dec. 16

SACRAMENTO – Individuals and households with losses due to the wildfires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties have just five days left to register for federal aid. These counties are included in federal Disaster 4569, declared initially Oct. 16 for seven counties and expanded later. The deadline is Dec. 16 ...

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New Initiative Promotes Research into Fire and Forests

SACRAMENTO – Dec. 3, 2020 – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Fire Research and Outreach have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize an agreement to partner on research related to critical forest and fire issues. Highlighted by the recent large and damaging wildfires plaguing the state, the program ...

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